BOCA-Birds Australia Merger Approval

To: Ian May <>
Subject: BOCA-Birds Australia Merger Approval
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 11:34:47 +1000
Sorry - that detail got missed from the initial posting. In total 4517 votes
were cast - I don't have the precise breakdown at home, but there were over
1500 BOCA ones so I guess just under 3000 for BA. This represents more than
50% of BOCA members and around 38% of BA members, so it was a fairly
substantial vote - I can't speak for BA but BOCA has never had a vote
anywhere near this large in the time I have been involved with them.

On 22 May 2011 11:30, Ian May <> wrote:

> This is a fascinating result.
> I would be interested to know the number of voting members from each
> organization and what percentage of the total membership the vote
> represents.
> Ian May
> St Helens, Tasmania 7216
> Dave Torr wrote:
>> At the AGMs on 21 May, members of Birds Australia and Bird Observation &
>> Conservation Australia (BOCA) voted on whether our two organisations
>> should
>> merge.  For the merger to go ahead, at least 75% of all Birds Australia
>> members who voted and at least 75% of all BOCA members who voted needed to
>> vote for the merger.
>> *The outcome
>> *Members of both organisations voted for the merger of Birds Australia and
>> BOCA to create BirdLife Australia. Over 93% of those that voted from BOCA
>> voted for the merger and over 96% of those that voted from Birds Australia
>> voted for the merger.
>> A huge thank you to all members for  being part of this process – and
>> welcome to your new organisation - BirdLife Australia!
>> *What happens next?
>> *Over the coming months Birds Australia and BOCA operations will begin to
>> come together; however ensuring that the transition from two to one is
>> smooth and successful will take time. Over the next six months, both Birds
>> Australia and BOCA will focus on delivery of our key work as well as
>> implementing the merger and beginning to amalgamate operations.
>> Between now and December 2011 this includes:
>> § the first meetings of the ‘transition Board’ of BirdLife Australia;
>> § meetings of Birds Australia Council and BOCA Board to wrap up
>> organisational and financial operations;
>> § consulting with groups and branches on future arrangements;
>> § finalising the BirdLife Australia vision and goals and developing a new
>> logo;
>> § developing the new BirdLife Australia website ready for launch in early
>> 2012;
>> § bringing together both organisations’ staff into one building; and
>> § producing separate membership magazines for the rest of 2011, but
>> working
>> closely together behind the scenes.
>> By January 2012: BirdLife Australia is fully operational
>> Early 2012: formal launch of our new organisation, the new website and
>> publications.
>> Over the next six months we will be keeping you updated through monthly
>> bulletins on the Birds Australia and BOCA merger web pages. These updates
>> will be summarised in the September and December issues of Wingspan and
>> the
>> August and November issues of the The Bird Observer, and via Birds
>> Australia’s monthly e-news.
>> By joining forces, we will achieve more for Australia’s birds in our
>> conservation and education efforts and will work better for our members in
>> encouraging and facilitating enjoyment and appreciation of birds.  We hope
>> that with your help we can make BirdLife Australia a place for everyone
>> with
>> an interest in birds – and look forward to an exciting and successful
>> future
>> together.
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