To: Tony Russel <>
Subject: Amalgamation
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 15:59:39 +1000
A pointless exercise as whichever way the vote goes we will never know what
would have happened if it went the other way. I am of course biased as a
BOCA Board Member, but I see a much rosier future for all birders - and the
birds - in 2016 with a stronger merged organisation than without it.

On 8 May 2011 15:52, Tony Russel <> wrote:

> It will be interesting to have another look in 2016 to see how many of
> these
> good intentions are actually being realised. Or not.
> Tony
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  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.
> Regards
> Shirley Cook
> (yes, Secretary/Treasurer of Birds Australia - Northern NSW)

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