LBM 2018 - Regional Australia Institute LBM 2018 - Regional Australia Institute

LBM 2018


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.

Meet the finalists
This year we received over 160 entries from across the country. Our judging panel had the difficult task of choosing only 10. The selected 10 finalists have won a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), as well as a heap of publicity.

Find out more about each of our finalists and their Lightbulb Moment below, and stay tuned for the announcement of the overall winner in May! 


Meet the 2018 Finalists

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

Megan Rigoni, The Rainmaker thumbnailThe Rainmaker
Mount Beauty, VIC

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

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

Kym Breeze, Co Connect HerCoConnectHER
Toowoomba, QLD

Mandy Larson, Coen Community CareCoen Community Care
Innisfail, QLD

Farmer eXchange Network thumbnailFarmer eXchange Network
Deniliquin, NSW

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.