RURAL LIFE: Koala Rumba presenters Eden Smith, Cilla Pershouse and Georgia Spark with Kingaroy kids David Jones, Ciara Adams, Kahn Fleischfresser and Allyrah Adams after the Kingaroy library concert on July 4 last year.
RURAL LIFE: Koala Rumba presenters Eden Smith, Cilla Pershouse and Georgia Spark with Kingaroy kids David Jones, Ciara Adams, Kahn Fleischfresser and Allyrah Adams after the Kingaroy library concert on July 4 last year. Jessica McGrath

On a mission to share the unbeatable life of a bush kid

FOUR out of five Australian children have never been to a farm.

This is according to Cilla Pershouse who decided children needed to be educated about rural life on farms.

The guest speaker shared her solution at the Burnett Inland Women in Agriculture event for Queensland Women's Week on March 3 in Durong.

"They have no idea where food comes from and they have no connection to the families who produce it," she said.

"People have moved away from the bush and away from the farms, they no longer have an understanding of what we do and how much we can provide."

Mrs Pershouse launched her own show in 2015 called Blue Gum TV which was filmed on her North Burnett property.

"We live a beautiful life in the bush," she said.

"I wanted to share with kids in the city that life as a bush kid is unbeatable."

To date she has made 20 episodes and has toured with live concerts around Queensland.

 

Cilla Pershouse discusses her journey to show kids rural life at the Burnett Inland's Women in Ag Day in Durong on March 3.
TALK: Cilla Pershouse discusses her journey to show kids rural life at the Burnett Inland's Women in Ag Day in Durong on March 3. Jessica McGrath

Mrs Pershouse had grown up on a rural property, but left to work in theatre and television for seven years.

She came home for Christmas in 2013 and never went back to work.

"I fell in love with the place as a kid I had always taken for granted," Mrs Pershouse said.

"I'd experienced both sides of the coin - both city and country and I realised which one was more meaningful."

It was from this realisation that Blue Gum TV was born.

The show of songs, dances and farm stories celebrates life in the bush, sharing what it's like to have milk fresh from the cow and having fun jumping in muddy puddles.

"The city kids love it, but the country kids totally love it," she said.

"It's a celebration of their life and they identify with all of the characters and adventures on the show."

Mrs Pershouse will continue to pitch forward her videos to broadcasting networks to get her message about rural life out there.

"There are now thousands of kids across Australia who now have knowledge about food production and rural industries because of Blue Gum Farm," she said.

Mrs Pershouse said it was up to rural producers to change the paradigm in how rural industries were viewed.

Blue Gum TV will have a touring show during April, touring 19 towns across western, north and northwest Queensland and the North Burnett.

"The concerts are so popular I can't keep up," she said.

Having already experienced the touring entertainment life, Mrs Pershouse said she only pursed the Blue Gum TV concerts after a friend encouraged her.

"I trusted in a someone else's idea and invested my time in that," she said.

"I'm so pleased I did because I've derived so much pleasure and reward from the show."