To: "Reg" <>, <>
Subject: Amalgamation
From: "Shirley Cook" <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 13:52:21 +1000
Dear all,

It is with dismay that I read your posting, Reg. I too, am a member of both BOCA and BA.

A major point of fact that some people have overlooked is this: BOCA approached BA to form an amalgamation, NOT THE REVERSE! It is obvious that the CEO of the merged organisation will be the current CEO of BA. The current CEO of BOCA is presently working as a volunteer (my belief is that this is to ease some financial pressure on BOCA - I could be wrong).

However, the governing board of the merged organisation, BirdLife Australia, will not be dominated by BA, but will be drawn from both organisations, and will change following a prescribed formula, over several years headed up by an independent Chairman, Gerard Earley. Formal elections will not take place until this transition period has passed, i.e. 2015. Both BOCA and BA are very sensitive to the many issues that will have to be resolved, in the event of a successful merger.

It is in the interests of both BOCA and create a stronger united body that, it is hoped, will also have a louder voice on conservation issues. So, Reg, I urge YOU to reconsider your position and post a "For" vote for the merger.

Shirley Cook
(yes, Secretary/Treasurer of Birds Australia - Northern NSW)

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