Tarnya is the Member for Mount Ommaney in Brisbane’s South-West and the Shadow Minister for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs in the Queensland Opposition.
Tarnya was born and raised in Sydney, before moving to regional New South Wales with her family in her early teens. Tarnya grew up watching her parents’ work hard operating their own family business within the meat industry. This experience helped develop a strong work ethic that Tarnya consistently demonstrates.
Tarnya moved to Queensland to further her career in Industrial Relations, having previously worked overseas at Harrod’s and then later at Heathrow Airport as a Manager of the Duty free Stores. While working as an industrial relations adviser, Tarnya gained formal qualifications in human resources and industrial relations through Griffith University.
In 2004 Tarnya and her husband Steve, established their own business, which eventually became a unique, award winning butcher shop that serviced Brisbane’s South-Western Suburbs.
Motivated by the challenges her community faced, Tarnya decided to run for state parliament, and since her election in 2012 continues to be an enthusiastic advocate for her community.
Tarnya is a hard worker, and works diligently for her local community. Tarnya’s top five recent local achievements include:
- reopening public palliative care beds at Canossa Hospital and the establishment of a new palliative care hub at Corinda,
- increased financial support for local schools, sporting and community groups,
- the installation of flashing school zone safety lights at many local schools,
- improving local frontline services including the delivery of two new ambulances, reductions in dental and surgery waiting lists, and additional frontline police on the beat, and
- Advocating, and delivering a historic cut of 5% in public transport fares
Tarnya says “One of the key lessons I have learnt in my working life is the importance of building good relationships”.
“I will continue to work hard to represent the people of Mount Ommaney and keep achieving positive outcomes for our local community and for Queensland.”
Tarnya lives in Westlake with her husband, Steve, and their children, and is an active member of her community.