SOWN is a community catchment organisation working to restore the habitats of creeks and waterways in the catchments of Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creeks in Brisbane’s north and west. The creeks draining this part of the Enoggera Catchment are over 23 kms in length and feed into Breakfast Creek.

The project promotes an integrated catchment management approach to priority areas identified in SOWN and Brisbane City Council strategies and in association with other partner organisations and the community.

While much of the creek system is being rehabilitated, a great deal of work will be needed to extend the area to join current sites and to maintain the rehabilitated areas to prevent their re-infestation with weeds.

The Objectives of SOWN as set out in the Constitution (amended 7 December 2019), are as follows:

  • To rehabilitate, restore and maintain Enoggera Creek catchment waterways and linked habitat areas by supporting and encouraging community participation;
  • To restore catchment health and biodiversity;
  • To provide a best practice working model for catchment group activities;
  • To increase community awareness, understanding and participation;
  • To support and encourage members, interested persons and other relevant organisations to participate in activities relating to the objects of the association;
  • To receive any funds and to distribute these funds in a manner that best attains the objects of the association; and
  • To do all things which are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the association.

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 Now: Caring for Enoggera Catchment 1994-2019 is now available free to read or download as an eBook – see the Home page.

The SOWN history book was launched on Sunday, 24 March at the Old Newmarket Bowls Club, close to some of the original SOWN plantings.

Over 100 long-term and new SOWN members and friends attended and the SOWN 25th Anniversary history book was launched to great acclaim.

SOWN wins Lord Mayor’s ‘Green Heart Award – Organisation’ 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 rehabilitating waterways, increasing community awareness … and also providing valuable environmental education to prisoners at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre’.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk presents the award to SOWN President Leo Lee