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Immediate Past President

Geraldine Knapp

Geraldine has served as the Councillor for The Gap Ward since being elected in 1996. Geraldine has been a resident of The Gap Ward for over 38 years and has contributed greatly to the community as a member of numerous groups including SOWN and Meals and Wheels. Geraldine is the Patron of the Rose Lovers Society, The Gap Leisure Club and Norths Hockey Club. Prior to moving to The Gap, Geraldine lived in Melbourne, where she trained at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music before moving on to teach music to secondary school students. Following the success of Campbell Newman gaining a majority at the 2008 election, Councillor Knapp became Chair of the Families and Community Services Committee.

Committee 2015

Elected 6 December 2014
President - Leo Lee mobile 0409 536 533
Vice President - John Perkins
Secretary - Kerry Williamson
Treasurer - Mick Bruhwiller
Committee Members
Maggie Magafakis (membership officer)
Derek Simpson (bookkeeper)
Di Glynn

Immediate Past Secretary

In 2013 Maggie Magafakis became Secretary for SOWN. Maggie has lived in Bardon for 4 years and has a keen interest in environmental care and management. She currently works on 2 sites in Bardon and helps other sites when she can.

Strategic Advisor

Brian hallinan

In 1993 Brian invited the existing Enoggera Creek Committee, under the leadership of Trevor Ozanne, a lecturer in horticulture at Grovely TAFE, to form the nucleus of the steering committee to establish SOWN. The SOWN committee was formed on 1 March 1994 and, because it had not been incorporated, operated under the wing of the Men of The Trees Inc.

SOWN was extremely fortunate to recruit Brian Sait, who took SOWN to his heart and with his energy and enthusiasm, was a driving force behind its success. Brian Sait, among his many other achievements, set up a plant propagation group at Iona Retirement Village, which gave the inspiration to Brian Hallinan to create GOSSIP (Golden Oldies Seed Sowing Implantation Project).

In 2010 Robert Whyte took over Brian's long term role as Director of SOWN. Brian remains an important part of the leadership team.

SOWN Nursery


Many volunteers help out at the Nursery on Wednesdays, propagating, sorting plants, preparing seed, watering, washing tubes and countless other tasks needed to keep the nursery ticking over and supplying plants to members.

SOWN Environment Centre

All activities of SOWN all conducted at the SOWN Nursery and Twahawme Cottage, 57 Paten Road. The Gap

Postal Address

PO Box 443
The Gap 4061