Mr Kim Antonio
Kim Antonio currently manages the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Food Industry Innovation program a program designed to support the premium food and beverage industry in Western Australia and encourage greater investment in this sector.
Kim formerly worked for the Department of Agriculture and Food in a variety of roles including Manger of Economic Development following a push for the department to take on a greater economic development focus. He brought experience from the public and private sector having previously worked as director of a regional development commission, been a partner in a company providing management services to the mining industry, worked with indigenous groups on successful projects in Northern Australia and worked in disaster recovery both in Australia and overseas.
During his time with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Kim developed the “Growing the North” Initiative that grew to encompass the Ord expansion, Gascoyne Food bowl, West Kimberley La Grange project and the Pilbara mine dewatering. He managed the Mining engagement portfolio and oversaw the first major government and mining company joint mine dewatering for agriculture initiative (the Marandoo mine dewatering project with Rio Tinto) which became a benchmark for agricultural mine dewatering.
In 2000 Kim was selected as one of Western Australia’s most promising young rural leaders, he had recently overseen the successful post flood business reconstruction program in Moora, which was recognized in the Prime Ministers awards.