Vale Terry Domico

A message from NACC NRM Chair, Elisabeth McLellan.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform the NACC NRM community of the passing of Board Director, Mr Terry Domico.

In 2021, both Terry and I joined the NACC NRM Board, and together we embarked on the journey of Board Directorship.

Terry had a quiet manner and a quick wit. With a lifelong passion for biodiversity conservation, Terry found endless joy and fulfilment residing in the Southwest Botanical Province global biodiversity hotspot. He lived by a fierce mantra of advocacy for protecting all remaining biodiversity within the heavily fragmented landscapes of the Northern Agricultural Region. This shone through in all aspects of Terry’s life and made his contribution as a Board Director even more impactful.

CEO Katherine Allen with the NACC NRM Board.
From left: Katherine Allen, Terry Domico, Karleigh Barras, Catherine Galli, Ceri Evans, Susanne Levett, Elisabeth McLellan, and Will Easton.

Terry brought to the NACC NRM Board extensive international experience in biodiversity conservation and a commitment to community engagement in natural resource management. The absence of both will be sorely felt by NACC NRM and indeed the whole region.

In his working career, Terry was a lead scientist and contributed significantly to several organisations and processes. His efforts spanned across, for example, the Australian Marine Parks Association, The Nature Conservancy, NSW National Parks, a USA Congressional Committee on Australia’s commercial kangaroo industry, and many others in his role as an environmental consultant. Even when semi-retired, Terry could not sit still and continued to apply his time and passion to many important projects, one being his NACC NRM Board Directorship.

Terry initiated a project aimed at surveying four of the major rivers in the NAR – the Chapman, Greenough, Irwin, and Arrowsmith Rivers – comparing current data with early records in order to assess environmental changes. He also developed a rewilding plan for the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula of the US state of Washington. In addition to these accomplishments, Terry found time to pen an article on the Kwongan heathland, which in May of 2023 was published in the Natural History Magazine. Alongside his peers, Terry was actively working towards greater international recognition of the Kwongan, as a unique hotspot within the biodiversity hotspot.

Terry poured his heart into a long list of vital projects and causes. I know his friends and colleagues could add many other examples of Terry dedicating his passion and talent to the greater improvement of our region.

Vale Terry Domico; your valued contribution to NACC NRM and the Northern Agricultural Region will not be forgotten. You will be greatly missed.

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Thank you for your heartfelt message, Elisabeth. Vale Terry. We shall indeed miss Terry’s insights, wisdom and unwavering commitment to biodiversity management and the critical role this plays in sustaining ecosystems services.

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