It’s often the ‘bright ideas’ local people have that create the greatest impact for local communities in regional Australia, and with 8.8 million regional Australians your ideas are just the beginning!
But sometimes, even the very best ideas and projects need a little helping hand to get going.
Have you got a fantastic project or bright idea that you are passionate about that will really make a difference to your community and economy? We want to hear about it!
The ‘top ten’ entries will WIN a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and a heap of publicity. One lucky National Winner will even get their own TV ad and Airtime Support Package thanks to PRIME7!
Additionally, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) will provide finalists with assistance to identify fundraising strategies that can support their project goals.
For prize details see Terms and Conditions.
With your passion and our help your idea could really take off.
So, what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW* and plant a seed for your community’s success. Entries close Sunday 11 February 2018.
*Please note that when submitting an entry you will be added to our Regional Australia Institute (RAI) mailing list for the purposes of communication with you about this competition and other general news about the work of the RAI. To opt out please email [email protected]
Meet the judges
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.
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.
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 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.
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Need some inspiration?
We have found some excellent examples of individuals and community groups implementing their own ideas, and positively impacting their region.