ANOTHER ACCOLADE: Woman of the Year Cilla Pershouse (right) of Gayndah with fellow finalist Jen Shaw at Kingaroy .
ANOTHER ACCOLADE: Woman of the Year Cilla Pershouse (right) of Gayndah with fellow finalist Jen Shaw at Kingaroy . Contributed

Burnett entertainer named woman of the year

CILLA Pershouse has been described as a role model for all women looking to create a career in regional Queensland.

Her efforts have been recognised, as she was named Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network Woman of the Year at the group's conference in Kingaroy, held September 13-15.

Mrs Pershouse and Darling Downs social entrepreneur, Jen Shaw, were chosen from a field of eight women from diverse backgrounds and geographical areas.

Her smile radiated as she acknowledged those who had empowered her.

A formally trained musician, Mrs Pershours created a children's television series filmed on her family's farm called Blue Gum Farm TC.

It continues to bridge the gap between urban and rural communities for a whole new generation.

She told her audience she already had tours of western and north western Queensland scheduled for April and July next year during the autumn and winter holidays.

First though, she will tackle the next adventure in front of her - being a first-time mother.

President Melissa Barnett said since 2012 the QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership program had sought to showcase the achievement of rural, regional and remote women.

"What can be achieved by women, despite and in spite of setbacks and challenges they face in terms of isolation, access, support, to name but a few, is certainly worth celebrating,” she said.

"As each year passes, the awards continue to discover and highlight women of exceptional calibre, who are leading their communities, regions and sectors by succeeding in their chosen field, or venture.”

Mrs Barnett said these women often did things under the radar and this program was a way to draw attention to the breadth and depth of female talent, skills and entrepreneurship state-wide.

"Cilla Pershouse certainly embodies many of these attributes,' she said.

"She has also shown rural women can use technology to their professional advantage.”

Blue Gum Farm TV, and its contribution to primary industry, was awarded an Australian Small Business Award in 2018 for children's services.


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