Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!

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Subject: Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!
From: jenny spry <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 13:52:37 +1100
> Hi all,
> I am in favour of the change too. I know too that there will be lots of
> tooing and froing over the months before a decision is made but lets hope
> that old animosities and ideologies can be tempered during the discussions
> so that a positive outcome can reached, either way.
> Looking from the outside, and as a member of both groups, I wonder if lots
> of the day to day operations can be left as they are. For example, the
> regional groups from both organisations do not have much overlap of
> territory so maybe they can all just be left running. They do very valuable
> work and it would be a shame to lose any. Maybe the bulk of the changes can
> be restricted to the head-office structure?
> I agree, too, it would be extremely useful to have just one peak body in
> Aus, especially as the government is changing its directions and definitions
> relating to conservation eg "conserve the area not the species". The UK has
> the RSPB, the US has Audobon, we can have … ??
> As has been mentioned, money will be an issue. I think the issue, however,
> may not be whose coffers will be raided, rather, can two organisations
> continue to exist when both currently seem to have a decreasing cash flow
> and or higher expenses? I would be against seeing either capital account
> raided to solve shortterm cashflow problems.
> A name for the new organization? This will be important too yet if
> amalgamation goes ahead I am sure that a suitable one that honours and
> recognises both groups can be found so that neither history is obliterated.
> And finally what is the current status of the Gould League? Could/should it
> or its remnants be invited to join in the discussions?
> Cheers
> Jen

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