Blue Gum host wins big

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NORTH Bur­nett farmer and TV star Cilla Per­shouse was rewarded on Aus­tralia Day for her hard work.

Mrs Per­shouse won the Re­gional Cul­tural Award and the Gayn­dah Cul­tural Award fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Blue Gum Farm TV, which was launched in 2015 and filmed on her North Bur­nett prop­erty.

“I’m to­tally hon­oured to have won this award,” Mrs Per­shouse said.

The North Bur­nett Re­gional Aus­tralia Day Awards were in­tro­duced this year.

“I didn’t know any­thing about the re­gional award,” Mrs Per­shouse said.

“It was re­ally lovely hav­ing it in Gayn­dah too. I was there with lots of friends and fam­ily.

“When I was a bush kid grow­ing up and I wanted to be in per­form­ing arts, I re­ally loved hav­ing shows and per­for­mances come to my re­gional towns.

“I want to en­cour­age and in­spire re­gional kids to pur­sue what they love with my work, whether that be the arts or what­ever they want.

“Just be­cause you’re iso­lated and live in the bush doesn’t mean you can’t cre­ate amaz­ing things. I’m so proud to be able to do what I love, in the place I love, for the peo­ple I love.”

Mrs Per­shouse also has big plans for 2020.

“I’m pre­par­ing a project for an in­te­gra­tive music pro­gram for preschool­ers and el­derly mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in the north Bur­nett,” she said.

“We’re go­ing to hold it in the old peo­ple’s homes and care fa­cil­i­ties in the North Bur­nett. Then bring the kids in to see them, along with the show.”

Mrs Per­shouse is still seek­ing fund­ing for the new project.

Pic­ture: So­cial Me­dia

RE­WARD FOR EF­FORT: Cilla Per­shouse with her Aus­tralia Day awards and daugh­ter Greta.

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