Meet the ACT’s new Minister for the Arts

A voracious reader who loves the theatre, Tara Cheyne MLA was born in Queensland but is passionate about her adopted home of Canberra.

Ms Tara Cheyne (pronounced ‘Chain’), the Labor member for Ginninderra (covering most of Belconnen) in the ACT Legislative Assembly has been appointed as the ACT’s new Minister for the Arts.

She replaces the former Minister, Gordon Ramsay, who was defeated in the ACT’s recent October election, losing his seat to ACT Liberals candidate, Peter Cain, by 167 votes.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts