Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 16:56:27 +1100


I received my letter yesterday and my initial response was 'Well that makes
sense!"  However, after re-reading the letter and thinking about the
proposed merger, some reservations began to take shape.

I am a member of BOCA and BA and I look to each organisation for different
things.  Ask me to explain the differences and I would flounder, so it's
probably more perception than reality.  I suppose my reservations are based
on a concern that the proposed merged organisation may not be able to
perform the full range of functions that both organisations currently

There is no doubt that combining the resources and expertise of both
organisations will provide a stronger body and economies of scale should
ensure more bang for our buck.  Not so long ago Birding-Aus contributors
were bemoaning the political clout of sporting shooters and there was
mention of the combined membership of BOCA and BA as a more capable counter
lobby.  I'm not sure that the size of organisation is front of mind when
politicians are considering issues but the results of market research
certainly are.  A critical question is whether the proposed merged
organisation will be better able to spread its message so that the
politicians are taking note.

Differences in policy over banding, berleying etc are largely irrelevant to
this process in my opinion.  If the proposed merged organisation
eventuates, appropriate policy stances will be developed.

At this stage, the proposed merger has my support but I am keen to see the
detail, and to contribute to the process if I can.



             Simon Mustoe                                                  
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I just want to say how utterly delighted I am to receive a letter proposing
the possible integration of BA and BOCA in future. At a time when we should
be focused entirely on conservation, it is unthinkable that our peak bird
conservation groups should remain divided.

I don't care how it is done...we need a national peak conservation group
representing birds and the Australian landscape. How fitting that this
effort should begin during the 2010 year of biodiversity.

Good on you everyone at BA and BOCA involved in this. I completely endorse
what you are trying to do and hope that your respective committee's can
find the same common ground in the meeting rooms, as our bird life and
Australia's birders do in the bush.



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