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Royal Parade Bushcare Site seeks new leader

Royal Parade Bushcare Site seeks new leader

If you love being a bushcare volunteer, it's time to take the next step and become the leader of a bushcare site. Established more than 20 years ago, Royal Parade Bushcare Site is on the north bank of Enoggera Creek, downstream of the Gresham Street Bridge...

SOWN mapping remnant rainforest

SOWN mapping remnant rainforest

SOWN has begun mapping all the remnant rainforest plants in The Gap using the app iNaturalist during stage one of a project to preserve our endangered rainforest. Starting near the base of Enoggera Reservoir the SOWN volunteers, assisted by Habitat Brisbane...

Dynamic World new interactive tool

Dynamic World new interactive tool

In August 2021, as the Caldor Fire burned more than 200,000 acres in northern California, satellites captured the dramatic changes to the landscape in real time. That satellite data fed into a new Google tool, called Dynamic World, which recognized that an...

Help plant 3000 trees on 9 July

Help plant 3000 trees on 9 July

Do you love coffee and plants? Or need something to do on the last weekend of the holidays? This is a great event where everyone is welcome. In collaboration with Brisbane City Council and Healthy Land and Water, we are hosting a huge community planting events and...

Kobus made Life Member of SOWN

Kobus made Life Member of SOWN

SOWN has operated a very successful nursery partnership with the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre (AGCC) for over 10 years. For all of that time, Kobus Havenga has been our nursery supervisor and main support person at the prison. The SOWN-AGCC...

BCC talks enhance knowledge

BCC talks enhance knowledge

Brisbane City Council again hosted a wonder session in their latest ‘Brisbane Biodiversity Seminar’. Always a great place to learn, this latest session on 5 April was no exception with the them on ‘Journey into our Indigenous Past and Present’. There was a...

Weed tree transformed for native wildlife

Weed tree transformed for native wildlife

Brisbane’s youngest bushcare leader, Aidan Ameer, has transformed a huge Camphor Laurel weed tree into a refuge for native wildlife. SOWN President Renée McGlashan said Aidan hosted a planting event on Sunday 24 April in Glen Harding Park on the bank of...

Davidson Street and Corbie Street post-flood restoration work

Davidson Street and Corbie Street post-flood restoration work

SOWN was pleased to join with Davidson Street and Corbie Street bushcare sites in their joint working bee on Saturday afternoon 23 April. It was also great to have our supportive Habitat Brisbane officer, Jodi Rees, come along and neighbouring bushcare group...

Working together to restore Enoggera Creek at Pender Street

Working together to restore Enoggera Creek at Pender Street

Like most bushcare sites, the floods badly impacted Pender Street in The Gap, eroding creek banks and taking out some recent planting work. In an all day planting event on 13 April, Healthy Land and Water organised the planting of hundreds of plants and...

Enoggera Catchment Report April 2022

Enoggera Catchment Report April 2022

Despite the floodwaters and high-velocity water flows of the 25-27 February rain event, preliminary assessments indicate that the Enoggera Catchment stood up pretty well – a testament to the work that has been done, according to SOWN President Renée...

Enoggera Creeks in flood

Enoggera Creeks in flood

Up to 1000 mm of rain was recorded in the Enoggera catchment in six days from 22 to 27 February 2022. Enoggera, Fish and Ithaca Creeks all flooded. Enoggera Reservoir peaked at 244.4% of capacity and was expected to keep spilling for some time. SOWN members...

Groundcovers critical to bush generation

Groundcovers critical to bush generation

In the wet summer of 2021-22, native groundcovers have made a huge resurgence in the bushcare sites, parks and gardens of Enoggera catchment. It's a timely reminder of how important these groundcovers are to native ecosystems and that right now is a perfect...

Net-casting spider is a clever hunter

Net-casting spider is a clever hunter

One of the best things about being a bushcare volunteer is getting up close to some of the world’s most amazing animals. Here in Enoggera catchment there are several of the world’s coolest spiders including net-casting spiders. While weeding at Walton Bridge...

Clean Up Australia Day 6 March

Clean Up Australia Day 6 March

Over a million Australians step up to clean up every year, donating their time to improve the environment. There are Clean Up Australia Day events all over Brisbane and the rest of the country. Check out the Clean Up Australia Day web site for a site near...

Four top tips for plant tubes

Four top tips for plant tubes

Did you know you can return plant trays and tubes back to our SOWN nursery?  We love members coming to get plants from the SOWN nursery and love it even more when you return the tubes in trays in a clean and undamaged condition. Here are our four top tips:...

Happy New Volun-year!

Happy New Volun-year!

It is not an official year of volunteering, but it is a perfect time to try something new as we start the year with ambitious intentions. While the COVID pandemic is challenging our intentions and spirits, our volunteers are finding ways to be active, social...

Calling for weekend bushcare volunteers

Calling for weekend bushcare volunteers

If you are looking to learn more about weeds and plants along Enoggera, Fish and Ithaca creeks, then weekend bushcare might be for you. This special bushcare group visits different sites on a weekend and is led by one of our bushcare experts. Why not start off the new...

COVID Update on new ‘Public health and social measures’

COVID Update on new ‘Public health and social measures’

In response to the ‘public health and social measures’ effective from 17 December 2021, we want to do our part to make sure our volunteers, members and community are safe. From 17 December 2021, the Queensland Government has restricted some business to allow only...

SOWN welcomes new president at 2021 AGM

SOWN welcomes new president at 2021 AGM

Renee McGlashan was elected unopposed as the president of SOWN at the 2021 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 4 December, replacing John Abbott who had served in the role for 4 years. Renee congratulated John Abbott saying she hoped to continue his great...

End of Cane Grass – between Quandong and Seils Parks

End of Cane Grass – between Quandong and Seils Parks

Former and current Habitat Brisbane officers Simon Fox and Jodi Rees made short work of the two remaining clumps of Cane Grass Pennisetum purpureum between Quandong and Seils Parks at an event on 28 November 2021. Less than 10 years ago this stretch of...

Ecology and catchments in a changing climate

Ecology and catchments in a changing climate

Now is the time for bush regenerators to be investigating and experimenting with ways to adapt our practices to a changing climate according to Dr John Dwyer from the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Science. On 24 November 2021, John gave a...

Donate to the SOWN Environment Fund

Donate to the SOWN Environment Fund

You can support SOWN’s work by making a donation to the SOWN Environment Fund. Donations to the Environment Fund are tax deductible. To donate to the Environment Fund, via bank transfer, the SOWN Bank Account Details are: Bank of Queensland Account Name:...

Vale Brian Hallinan

Vale Brian Hallinan

The Founder and Patron of SOWN Brian Hallinan has died. SOWN President John Abbott writes "Cr Steve Toomey rang me late this afternoon [Wednesday 3 November] to let us know that Brian Hallinan passed away last night. He did not wake this morning and died...

SOWN Finalises Catchment Plan

SOWN Finalises Catchment Plan

‘There is nothing as practical as a good plan,’ says Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) President and urban planner John Abbott. ‘Thinking about where you are, where you want to be and how you are going to get there is always good practice for an organisation,’...

Every Pocket of Rainforest Matters

Every Pocket of Rainforest Matters

Rainforest covers only three per cent of the area of Australia but it provides habitat to 50 per cent of species in Australia according to Dr Carla Catterall, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at Griffith University. Along with Dr Sandy Pollock,...

QCC children’s art and illustrated story competition

QCC children’s art and illustrated story competition

The Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) is running a children’s art and illustrated story competition called Saving Wild Homes in support of expanding the area of national parks in Queensland. The competition is open to all Queensland children under the age of 13....

Working together for threatened species

Working together for threatened species

“Working together with groups like SOWN will be key to help our threatened species,” said Dr John Hodgon at a recent talk for Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN). Dr Hodgon presented the new threatened species program launched by the Department of Environment and Science...

SOWN acts to protect The Gap Rainforest

SOWN acts to protect The Gap Rainforest

SOWN recently endorsed the Enoggera Catchment Plan which includes a priority action to protect The Gap Rainforest. SOWN President John Abbott said residents of The Gap know we live in a special environment with lush, natural vegetation along our creeks. “Few...

Latest ‘This Week by the Creek’

Latest ‘This Week by the Creek’

This Week by the Creek is an eNewsletter from our partners at the Brisbane City Council Creek Catchments Program. It contains information and updates about creek activities and events across Brisbane, training opportunities and grants that are available....

SOWN visits Myall Park Botanic Garden

SOWN visits Myall Park Botanic Garden

Myall Park Botanic Garden, near Glenmorgan in Western Queensland, is famous as the birthplace of the Robyn Gordon Grevillea. In the 1950s, grazier and amateur botanist, Dave Gordon, began to collect and plant native species from all over Australia. Dave...

SOWN joins Paddle Against Plastics

SOWN joins Paddle Against Plastics

SOWN members brought out their kayaks to join the Paddle Against Plastics on Enoggera-Breakfast Creek on Saturday 15 May. It was a chilly 8 am start at Yowoggera Park as Yuggera man Derek Oram Sandy played his didgeridoo, told stories about the significance...

SOWN Media needs you

SOWN Media needs you

SOWN is recruiting volunteers interested in being part of the SOWN Media team. In addition to needing volunteers to help manage the SOWN web site, as well as editors, photographers and writers to contribute articles to the web site and The Western Echo, we...

Green Notes #1 June 2021

Green Notes #1 June 2021

Members may be interested in these stories about the environment and the natural world. Green Notes includes links to news stories, podcasts, videos and more, with an emphasis on Australian stories and the latest science. Animals VIDEO: A Day in the life of a wild...

Community pitches in to restart bushcare

Community pitches in to restart bushcare

On 9 April 2021 more than 80 community members pitched in to plant hundreds of native species at Yoorala Street West where the bushcare group has recently been restarted. Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) roving bushcarer Janet Mangan helped restart the group...

Banks Street butterfly bounty

Banks Street butterfly bounty

Recent surveys at Banks Street Reserve have found 33 species of butterfly in just a few hours of hunting. After a survey on 11 March 2021, organiser of Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count, Jutta Godwin, said butterfly expert Cliff Meyer was totally taken by the...

Leo Wins Lord Mayor’s Award

Leo Wins Lord Mayor’s Award

Leo Lee has won the 2021 Lord Mayor’s Individual Green Heart Award. Leo is a former president of SOWN, a current committee member, nursery volunteer and fish expert and geneticist. The award was for his outstanding voluntary contribution to identifying and...

2020: A strong year despite disruption

2020: A strong year despite disruption

At the annual general meeting on 5 December, President John Abbott reported on SOWN activities in 2020. He said 2020 had been a disrupted year. “Because of COVID19 we could not do many of our usual activities – but this has made us adapt, work in different...

SOWN celebrates 25 years in 2019

SOWN celebrates 25 years in 2019

SOWN celebrated its 25th year of caring for Enoggera catchment in March 2019. We commissioned ToadShow (longtime members Anne Jones and Rob Whyte) to produce a history of our activities and achievements from 1994 to 2019. The book entitled Save Our Waterways...

SOWN wins Green Heart Award for 2017

SOWN wins Green Heart Award for 2017

SOWN won the Lord Mayor's Australia Day 'Green Heart Award - Organisation' in January 2017. In making the award the then Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, said that SOWN is 'a perfect example of a local group giving back to the community at a grassroots level ... by...

Spider named in honour of SOWN

Spider named in honour of SOWN

Opopaea sown A small goblin spider has been named in honour of Save Our Waterways Now. SOWN Secretary Anne Jones, who is also an ambassador for Queensland Museum, arranged the naming of Opopaea sown through the Queensland Museum Foundation's 'Name a spider' program....

Online renewals going gangbusters

Our breakthrough with the "subscription" facility at PayPal has proved a bit hit, with members being able to renew membership with just a click. And the best part is, when next year rolls around, PayPal automatically sends out the reminders. This saves valuable time...

Spider named in honour of SOWN

Peter Garrett planting a great success

Minister plants a Eucalyptus tindaliae Talking environment Follow up works, local ALP branch continue planting and mulching Mulched and weeded, July 2011 Minister plants a Eucalyptus tindaliae More than 50 SOWN members, campaign workers and media representatives...

Spider named in honour of SOWN

SOWN Plant Guard Water Saver

The SOWN Plant Guard Water Saver has been designed to protect young plants from wind, weeds and herbicide over-spray. However the most appealing advantage of the Plant Guard is its ability to provide a reservoir in which to hold water and direct it directly to the...

Beware The Tick

Beware The Tick

This article was updated on 19 December 2023 with the latest scientific information. If you or someone near you has trouble breathing or collapses after a tick bite, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. If you have access to an epipen use it....

Spider named in honour of SOWN

SOWN Environment Centre redevelopment

SOWN has applied to redevelop the property at 98 Yoorala Street. You can download the plans to have a look. Landscape plan - PDF 1Mb Architect's plans - PDF 2.6Mb Development notice - PDF 66Kb

Spider named in honour of SOWN

Final WaterSmart Strategy now available

Water is central to our identity as Brisbane, the river city, and is vital for our health, industry and to support the liveability of Brisbane. To guide Brisbane towards the goal of becoming Australia's most sustainable and water smart city, Brisbane City Council has...

Spider named in honour of SOWN

New herbicide regime

As SOWN members we need to get our heads around the new herbicide arrangements. Basically, Habitat Brisbane herbicide will NOT be available at the SOWN Nursery. It will only be available direct from Habitat Brisbane. If you want herbicide for your Habitat Brisbane...

Spider named in honour of SOWN

Live and let dye?

Concerns were recently raised at the Advanced Herbicide Training Workshop about the health hazards of spray marker dye. This is the dye that is used in herbicides to help with minimising over spraying, avoiding hitting good plants and seeing where you have missed. It...

Spider named in honour of SOWN

Nursery news – Christmas 2010

SOWN Nursery is bursting with plants longing to get into the ground. So get along on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9am and 11am, or by appointment on Fridays, to pick up tubestock and get planting. Who cares if it's raining? If you plant in the rain you don't have...

How to make the most of the dew

Charlie writes: I found before I put my first tank in that we would get up to 60 L a night as condensation from the iron roof. When I put the tank in, this would run down into the first flush system, but because it didn't accumulate fast enough, it would always drain...