Lightbulb Moments – get your idea growing!


We are excited to announce CleanM8  from Berkeley Vale, New South Wales as the overall winner of this year’s Lightbulb Moments competition.

The idea was selected by a panel of four including Jack Archer, Regional Australia Institute CEO; Natalie Egleton, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) CEO; Kerry Anderson, Author of Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business; and Paul Patrick, Prime7 Head of Content, Strategy and Development, and supported by Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP.   

Brian Hill and the CleanM8 team are developing a platform with a suite of digital tools to assist people recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, as well as their clinicians and support carers. It is being designed to provide support from the first ‘motivated moment’ when a person decides to take a step towards change, right through to post-recovery.

CleanM8 was selected for its innovative concept and potential to positively impact regions Australia wide. It is a novel, evidence-based digital platform being developed in Australia, but with an eye on global markets, with the ability to use data and analytics to track, measure and evolve its impact.  For the team involved, achieving their vision will help to address a significant health issue in remote and rural areas, where it can be difficult to access treatment and recovery services.

CleanM8 will receive an Airtime Support Package from Prime7, including a 30 second promotional commercial.

We would also like to congratulate all finalists on their achievements to date. Each and every one of them has progressed their idea, with some well and truly underway. We encourage you to keep an eye out for them in the future and take a look at how far they have come in the profiles below.

Lightbulb Moments aims to help get the best ideas and projects off the ground, because we know that it is often the ‘bright ideas’ of local people that create the greatest impact for communities in regional Australia.

In 2018, we received more than 160 outstanding entries from across the country. The selected 10 finalists received a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and a heap of publicity. Additionally, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has provided finalists with assistance to identify fundraising strategies to support their project goals.

prime-logosAA-FRRR-EPS-Logo-colour_transparentClick here to find out more about the winner and finalists from Lightbulb Moments 2017

Meet the 2018 Finalists

Brian Hill, Clean Mate thumbnail2018 WINNER
Clean M8: Smarter Recovery Support Tools
Berkeley Vale, NSW

Farmer eXchange Network thumbnailFarmer eXchange Network
Deniliquin, NSW

Megan Rigoni, The Rainmaker thumbnailThe Rainmaker
Mount Beauty, VIC

Better Together thumbnailBetter Together
Between Blackall, Jericho and Barcaldine, QLD

Louise Alexander, The SAYER Program thumbnailThe SAYER Program
Wollongong, NSW

Mandy Larson, Coen Community CareCoen Community Care
Innisfail, QLD

Roger Tindale, move to my town thumbnailmovetomytown
Coffs Harbour, NSW

Kym Breeze, Co Connect HerCoConnectHER
Toowoomba, QLD

Meet the 2018 judges

judges_photos_lightbulb moments2Natalie Egleton
CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Natalie is passionate about facilitating effective responses to issues facing rural communities. She was appointed CEO of FRRR in November 2015, after joining FRRR in 2012.

Before joining FRRR, Natalie consulted with Matrix on Board, working with numerous not-for-profit organisations in program evaluation, undertaking research analysis and developing business plans. Natalie has also held in-house roles at Evolve (Typo Station) and at ANZ Banking Group, implementing projects that made a tangible difference to the lives of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia.

She lives in the small rural town of Maldon in central Victoria.

judges_photos_lightbulb moments3Kerry Anderson
Author, Businesswoman and Community Advocate

Author of Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business, Kerry is passionate about rural and regional Australia and is committed to changing the conversation from job seeking to job creation.

Her journey commenced as a 2011 Victorian Rural Woman of the Year finalist when she launched an extensive research project that took her to the United States meeting with successful communities and educators. Over a three year period Kerry led the highly innovative Operation Next Gen and Be Your Own Boss pilot projects. 

Kerry is based in Central Victoria, and as a thought leader, she frequently represents the region at national and international forums.

judges_photos_lightbulb moments4Jack Archer
CEO of the Regional Australia Institute (RAI)

Jack has been with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) since its inception in 2012, and developed the RAI’s policy and research program. He took up the role as Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2015.

In previous roles as a consultant and public servant, Jack contributed to major regional reforms in water, climate change, indigenous issues and industry. He holds a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management (Hons 1) from the University of New England and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Originally from Paterson in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW, he now lives in the hills west of Canberra.

Paul Patrick imagePaul Patrick
Prime7 Head of Content, Strategy & Development

Paul Patrick is Head of Content, Strategy & Development with Prime Media Group, overseeing the daily operations of its network newsrooms across regional Australia.

PRIME7 News is the No.1 local news service in regional Australia.  Paul’s previous roles include Network News Director Network TEN and Head of Daily Programs at TVNZ.

Most recently, Paul was the Executive Producer of three highly acclaimed public affairs specials produced by PRIME7 News and presented by Australia’s most respected journalist Ray Martin.