To: "'Shirley Cook'" <>, "'Reg'" <>, <>
Subject: Amalgamation
From: "Tony Russel" <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 15:22:25 +0930
It will be interesting to have another look in 2016 to see how many of these
good intentions are actually being realised. Or not.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Shirley Cook
Sent: Sunday, 8 May 2011 1:22 PM
To: Reg; 
Cc: Alison Russell-French; Graeme Hamilton
Subject: [Norton AntiSpam] Re: [Birding-Aus] Amalgamation

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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