State Government Community Service Minister Karen Struthers with Cannonvale resident Tenika Watmough who was shadowing the minister at the State Government Community Cabinet meeting in Proserpine on Sunday.
State Government Community Service Minister Karen Struthers with Cannonvale resident Tenika Watmough who was shadowing the minister at the State Government Community Cabinet meeting in Proserpine on Sunday.

Tenika is minister for a day

TENIKA Watmough had a taste of what it was like to be a State Government minister for the day on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Cannonvale resident was chosen to attend the Government Community Cabinet meeting in Proserpine on Sunday and shadowed Youth Minister Karen Struthers to gain a better understanding of politics.

Member for Whitsundays Jan Jarratt said Tenika was chosen because she had shown a keen interest in government and politics.

“She has been a very active member in our community and I'm sure she will bring a unique perspective to the Community Cabinet process,” she said.

“She will also be able to fill the minister in on what issues are important to young people in our area.”

Ms Struthers said opportunities like this were important to give young people a voice about issues affecting them.

Tenika sat in on official delegations, went to the government receptions and rubbed shoulders with Premier Anna Bligh and other department ministers.

She said she enjoyed spending time with the ministers to see what they did during a community cabinet meeting.


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