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.
- email Geraldine - or call 07 3407 1900
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.
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.
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
SOWN has a license to occupy the premises at 98 Yoorala Street overlooking the creek where Vera and Fred Moffett worked for many years. Previously the building had been the Gap Pony Club. An area for horses still remains in the open space.
SOWN is in the process of developing plans to upgrade the building to accommodate a botanic garden, an indigenous garden, a nursery and meeting areas.
Other community groups are welcome to use the facilities at the SOWN Environment Centre. For information, please contact Secretary, Anne Jones.
PO Box 443
The Gap 4061