Tara follows political path all the way to Canberra
TARA Cheyne's peers at Rockhampton Grammar School used to tell her she was destined for politics; but she didn't believe them until now.
The former Rocky girl, who still has family in Yeppoon, has been selected to run in the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election as a Labor candidate for Ginninderra.
More than 600 ACT Labor members participated in the preselections, which have left Ms Cheyne "quietly and cautiously confident" about the October elections.
Ms Cheyne, who studied journalism in Brisbane and had a brief stint as an intern at The Morning Bulletin, said her political journey started back in Rocky where she shared the educational limelight with one other special student.
"Brittany Lauga (Keppel MP) and I were actually in the same year at the same school and are good mates," she said.
"Brittany was school captain of Rocky Grammar in Year 12 and I was dux, so it is a funny link.
"She has certainly given me a lot of support and inspiration."
Ms Cheyne, who turned 29 yesterday, and her husband even came back to Central Queensland during the last state election to lend their support to Ms Lauga, which left her with some handy tips.
But ultimately it was the community where she made her new home that pushed her to enter the political ring.
"While I have been here I have stayed really involved in all the local issues and I moved to a place called Belconnen and made it my home and my passion," she said.
"In addition to everything I do in the public service, I run a blog all about things to do in and around Canberra… so a lot of people call me Ms Belconnen.
"I guess all that involvement has probably led to a natural progression to be involved in politics and wanting to do more for the community."