Response to Don Ripper

To: "graham harrington" <>, <>
Subject: Response to Don Ripper
From: "Donald J Ripper" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 17:52:59 +1100
Despite what you might think or say I have no desire to harm Birds Australia I have been a member for 20 years have supported all of the fundraising activities in recent times and have privately purchased and await eagerly HANZAB as it is released. It is also years since I was a member of the management committee maybe you are not aware of that.
I have no particular vested interest in Rotamah per se but am seriously concerned when such decisions that effect a resourse and facility in this Region are made without even consulting the people who have been serving the organization by funding and managing what for many is the gateway to an appreciation of birds and ornithology, or to investigate whether options do exist.
For birds (HO) to have dealt with the local ranger in trying to renegotiate a lease when letters of support for the continuation of the Observatory from Minister Garbutt are already in the hands of the CoM and the CEO of Birds one can only question the seriousness with which the organization values these operations.
No significant business decisions have been made by the Observatory CoM since the administration control was centralized about three years ago and the "debt" owed by Rotamah to BA while small compared with past situations at BGBO and if the figures  quoted by BA CEO are correct about one third of Broome's. The major part of Rotamah's  so called debt has been incurred by decisions made then changed in relation to a Legal Proceeding instituted, run and settled by BA HO.
I am interested that you have served on the council for seven years, a fine committment, I understood that the constitution allowed only six, as that was the grounds on which I, Lee Duclos, Joan Vincent and Caroline Hamilton  were "retired" from the CoM of Rotamah to bring us into line with the rules for Council Members. Has that now been changed.
I would ask where comments like this come from
they certainly weren't generated by anyone to do with RIBO and I'm assuming the assertions are untrue.
Don Ripper
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