FW: Amalgamation

Subject: FW: Amalgamation
From: gwrogers <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 07:57:52 +1000
The Birds Australia Southern Queensland Committee yesterday discussed  Reg 
Lawler's attitude to the amalgamation of Birds Australia and Bird Observation 
and Conservation Australia, and the reasons he has given for it. We can only 
assume he is unaware of significant facts or has misunderstood the situation.

Some background.

When the Qld Government refused planning permission, the developer appealed the 

Cheryl Gole, Manager, Important Bird Areas Project for Birds Australia, 
provided Reg Lawler and Greg Wood of the Citizens Helping Inskip Peninsula with 
a conservation statement about the Cooloola and Fraser Coast IBA (this report 
is available off line) for use in the court case.  She also provided mapping of 
the IBA region.

The report prepared by environmental consultant Justin Watson focussed on the 
biodiversity values of the area. (As you will be aware, developers are required 
to pay for any Environmental Impact Statement required by the legislation, but 
such statements are prepared independently. )

Dez Wells, Convenor of Birds Australia Southern Queensland, made the offer to 
Reg Lawler that BASQ would co-sign a letter to the court. The offer was never 
followed up.

Graeme Hamilton, CEO of Birds Australia, repied to Reg Lawler. See below.

The dceveloper's appeal was unsuccessful.

BASQ supports the approaching merger between BA and BOCA and is working
with BrisBOCA and other BOCA branches to look at ways in which branches and 
regional groups can work together under the new entity Birdlife Australia.

Grahame Rogers
Deputy Convenor Birds Australia Southern Queensland
for the Committee.



Grahame Rogers

---- Bob Cook <> wrote: 

Please find following a further piece of information from Graeme Hamilton.

Bob Cook

-----Original Message-----
From: Graeme Hamilton  
Sent: Saturday, 7 May 2011 6:24 PM
To: Margaret Cameron; Graeme Hamilton; ; Dave Torr; Mr
John Barkla; Alison Russell-French; Dez Wells
Subject: Amalgamation


My email was not complete and I wanted to add the relevant BASQ bits before
it was circulated  Here is the addition which completes the story. 

After I contacted Dez Wells, Chair of BASQ, he called Reg to discuss at
length and offered to sign a joint letter between BASQ and CHIP protesting
against the proposed development drafted by Reg. Reg did not follow up by
drafting the letter and the matter lapsed. Also BASQ urged BA members in SQ
to write as individuals to their local politician which I'm sure many did. 

I'd be happy if that was posted on Birding Aus and circulated widely. 



Graeme Hamilton
Birds Australia
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