The search is now on for a new chief executive officer to head up the Wheatbelt’s leading natural resource management group. Wheatbelt NRM helps manage with the community, nearly 12 million hectares of land in the Avon River Basin including rivers, agricultural land and bush land. Peter Sullivan has stepped down from the position of CEO after nearly seven years in the job. The board of Wheatbelt NRM thanked him for his outstanding efforts, which included overseeing the administration of funds from the Natural Heritage Trust, National Action Plan for Salinity and more recently the Caring for our Country program. The chair Glenice Batchelor said the search was now on to find an individual to lead the group into an exciting future. “The announcement of the Federal government’s new carbon tax and the $44 million Carbon Farming Initiative presents new opportunities for the community including farmers, forest growers and landholders,” Glenice Batchelor said. “Wheatbelt NRM is keen to continue its close working relationship with communities in the Avon River Basin to help manage climate change and other challenges facing our environment. “There are funding opportunities currently available, including round six of the Soil Conservation Incentive Program. Glenice Batchelor said Wheatbelt NRM would also have a big presence at this year’s Dowerin Field Days. “We’re, focusing on highlighting the regions achievements in natural resource management and inviting community groups and partner organisations to join in she said. “This will also give anyone interested in Wheatbelt NRM the opportunity to come and learn more about our community-based organisation.” Glenice Batchelor said the group was about to advertise for new directors and encouraged all those who wanted to be involved to contact Wheatbelt NRM on 9690 2250.