Tara Cheyne is a Labor member for Ginninderra (covering most of Belconnen) in the ACT Legislative Assembly and Government Whip. In 2019, Tara was appointed Special Secretary to the Chief Minister, tasked with leading the ACT Government’s efforts to restore Territory rights as well as consulting with the community to identify market failures that are leading to poorer outcomes for Canberra consumers.
Tara was elected to the Assembly in October 2016 and she is proud to be a member of the first majority-female parliament in Australia’s history. Prior to being elected, Tara enjoyed a rewarding career in the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Finance in Canberra.
Tara grew up in several towns throughout Queensland but it wasn’t until she moved to Belconnen that she felt she’d found her home – somewhere she loved and felt a real sense of belonging. Tara purchased her home in the Town Centre and quickly joined the Belconnen Community Council. She later served as its Chair, the youngest Chair of all community councils at the time.
Tara also wanted to share her love for Canberra and promote her new home, so in 2011 she started a blog called In the Taratory. The blog covers all things Canberra and is a reference point for many people looking to explore our great city.
Tara has previously served as Secretary of the Belconnen Arts Centre Board and has been a Tournament of the Minds judge. She is a founding member of the Canberra Global Shapers and has volunteered with a number of organisations, including Radio 1RPH where she has been heard on Sunday evenings since 2009.
Tara has degrees in Journalism and Arts from the University of Queensland, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Canberra.