BOCA-Birds Australia Merger Approval

To: Dave Torr <>
Subject: BOCA-Birds Australia Merger Approval
From: Ian May <>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 11:30:09 +1000
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
§ developing the new BirdLife Australia website ready for launch in early
§ 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

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

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