Subject: BA and BOCA
From: "James O'Connor" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 13:50:27 +1100
Hi all,

Graeme Hamilton, CEO of Birds Australia, has asked me to pass on this post:

I?ve watched the unfolding BOCA/BA postings with
interest. I would normally leave things to run
their course feeling it is healthy for people to
let off steam. However, this seems a good
opportunity to write a few words about the relationship between BA and BOCA.

The MoU between our organisations is more than
just a bit of neat paperwork in that it reflects
a genuine desire by both of us to operate
independently and with respect, but to cooperate
where our interests overlap ? not least of which
would be considerable joint membership. BA?s
Council is delighted with the progress we are
making. I have an excellent working relationship
with my counterpart Richard Hunter and am made
very welcome by BOCA staff and Board whenever I
visit. I was pleased to be able to address the
recent BOCA forum in Wagga, and a meeting of
MelBOCA, and with the friendly and positive reception I received.

BA and BOCA staff meet regularly to share
information and to specifically discuss
collaboration in conservation, education and data
management. I know both sides are benefiting from
this joint effort. At the BA Regional Group or
BOCA Branch level I encourage similar collaboration.

In my opinion the closer working relationship
between BOCA and BA is better for the birds and
better for our organisations. Long may it continue.

Graeme Hamilton
Birds Australia

James O'Connor
Research and Conservation Officer
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