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Combined Nursery Day, Community Event, National Tree Day
The SOWN Nursery and our Neighbour Paten Park Native Nursery are Holding a community event on Sunday 26th July 2015 from 9:00am to 2:30pm. At Paten Road, The Gap.

The two nurseries at Paten Park have combined forces to have a community fun day. The car park will be blocked off and we will have marquees and demonstrations for members and the public. There will be displays for native bees, butterflies, wildlife, fish, and wildlife friendly dog training.
Meet interesting people including authors of our well-known local environmental publications in the authors tent.
This is an event for everyone so bring your friends and tell your neighbours.
There will be a coffee van and a BBQ.
We have support from SEQ catchments, Brisbane City Council and our new alderman who has made a generous donation and provided marquees for the event.
Its all happening so bring friends and family and enjoy the day. 


Our New Alderman
Cr Steven Toomey has taken over from Geraldine Knapp who retired recently. Steven is keen to meet SOWN members and visit our facilities. As SOWN President, I spent an hour with Steven on Wednesday and had a pleasant discussion where I attempt to inform him about the current state of affairs in SOWN. Our new alderman showed a keen interest in our activities as we discussed our operations and projects that are currently underway or are proposed for the near future.
Although he was only told about our meeting at lunch time he attend SOWN Management Committee Meeting last Wednesday night and met our executive.
He has already shown support for our activities by offering $250 and the loan of two marquees for our upcoming combined nursery day on the 26th July.
Steven is keen to get his hands dirty and join in our activities. I have invited him to visit the nursery on a Wednesday morning, meet our volunteers and join us for morning tea.
If you see Steven around the catchment, introduce yourself and let him know of your SOWN activities.
Welcome to our catchment Steven Toomey.

Saturday Volunteers Needed Urgently
Can you spare two hours once every two months to help out on Saturdays at the Nursery? Experienced bush carers are always welcome, but if you are not confident in your ability there is plenty to do and you assistance would be greatly appreciated. If you can help please contact Dawn Whyte, email dawn@toadshow.com.au , tel. 3870 1747


Water Quality Management and Fauna Survey
SOWN will conduct our first WQM/Fauna Survey on Saturday 30th May 2015. This is what we have been training for in the past six months. We still need participants from SOWN and the community. You are all helping to preserve the riparian zone which protects our creeks and this is an opportunity to find out what we have in the creek and provide information to improve the quality of our waterways. You might say we are trying to save our waterways by understanding what we have now. You will learn new skill and enhance your understanding of your local environment. If you are interested contact Leo on Mobile: 0409536533 or email enoggerachmp@bigpond.com. No experience necessary to participate in this exploration into new adventure.


Biomedical Research at SOWN
Our local plants are right at the leading edge of cancer research. Scientists from the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery and the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre have recently reported the discovery of several new cancer fighting compounds from Denhamia celastroides collected at Walton Bridge Reserve. SOWN members have been assisting the researchers in locating material over several years . 

We need your wire trays
Wire trays are urgently needed at the nursery. Even if you only have one tray the nursery needs it. There are fewer than ten trays to fill new orders. You can drop your wire trays beside the gate at the nursery any time, volunteers will take them inside every few days. Thank you! 




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Corporate Volunteering
Save Our Waterways Now offers outdoor volunteering opportunities for corporate groups looking for a great day out. 

Planting guides and tips
These resources should help you when choosing the best locally native plants for your bushcare site or garden. You can also visit the "Plants To Plant" section using the site navigation. 

SOWN has volunteer bushcare groups working on creek bank restoration throughout the Enoggera catchment including Enoggera Creek, Fish Creek and Ithaca Creek. Look here to find the group nearest you. 

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SOWN is a community 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.