Norman James Melrose
Since 1956 Mr. Melrose has been associated with the Doma Intensive Conservation Area Committee, a voluntary sub-committee of the Natural Resources Board elected to ensure that farming in the area is carried out in a conservation-conscious way. For 23 years he was in charge of operations carried out by the local mine to establish vegetation on the mine dumps which were being eroded by the wind and water to the detriment of neighbouring farms. Experimental and practical planting of different plant species resulted in all the slimes dams being vegetated in a self-regenerating manner, local couch grass, Port Jackson Willows, Acacia, Cyanophilla and Takoma being the mainstays. The mine dumps are now difficult to differentiate from the surrounding bush.