Councillor Role

In 2008 Fiona ran for re-election on her own ticket- Team H. She was successful in being re-elected and only 100 votes short of her second candidate Gerald Power being elected also. If she had of been successful with the second candidate Orange Council would have had its first Aboriginal Councillor.

Items of particular interest to Fiona at this time would be the water issue in Orange. She has been active in working towards a way for future water sustainability. Evidence of the work done to date can be viewed on the Council web site- Water Project

Fiona also enjoys the role she plays in the numerous areas relating to the major portfolio in which she holds- Community Services. Given her background as a Registered Nurse, previous Councillor, Justice of the Peace, involvement in local community projects and various fundraising activities Fiona believes she is well suited to this role. In particular she is approachable, empathic, professional, understanding and seeks out the various needs of her community. Projects Fiona has been involved in through Council are:

* Water strategy for the future 2050
* Storm Water Harvesting scheme
* Planning and development of the New PCYC centre in Orange
* Spring Street Bridge
* Children's Memorial Garden
* Expansion of the Skate park
* Advocate for Icely and Ophir road users linking to Northern Distributor
* Youth Conference Orange
* Australian Rural Leadership Course- Vision Task needs assessment for families.
* Crime Prevention CCTV cameras
* Christmas Festival
* Chamber of Commerce representative for Council
* Disability services
* Mount Canobolas as a Tourist area
* Dragon Boats Orange

In 2004 Fiona was first elected as a Councillor with Orange City Council. After a busy time with election and campaigning against 77 other possible candidates. Fiona became the third female Councillor at Orange. Fiona is an extremely active Council member and some of the projects that she has driven or been involved in are:

  • Designing and building two BMX Tracks in Orange after establishing a partnership with organisations to provide funding in support (competitive and recreational)
  • Lobbying and building a recreational play area for children at Glenroi
  • Working with the community and other Councillors to have an Aboriginal Flag flown at the Council Chambers
  • Working with a committee and Youth to establish "Not just another CafĂ©" (NJAC)
  • Set up a Pilot Project with Police, Public School and Council to provide bikes and helmets so that bike riding could become part of the sport curriculum at no cost to students.
  • Lobbied for changes in phone directory, reduced speed on distributor road, better meeting times, shared space, and much more.
  • Been an active member in the Community Plan 2020 for Orange
  • Amongst many other things... Visit this site monthly to stay updated on what Fiona has been involved in with Council.

Fiona's objectives on council

Council Objectives (PDF File)

Orange Councillor and Candidate 2008 Election
Please find in this document the completed profile with full policy information and many other extras added in.

You Tube- Orange Electorate Fiona Rossiter Team H

Visit this new website Australian Family Matters

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) NSW Conference

What an inspiring conference. Held over 3 days, 4th – 6th March 2010, Moree Plains Shire Council hosted “Women Making a Splash”, an event aimed at the promotion of women and their important contributions to our communities.

As Country Vice-President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, I enjoyed the speakers and presentations very much. There was even some time for participants to explore and shop in Moree! We are an organisation of women (and men) who are concerned about the many difficulties facing our country. We aim to become well informed about important local, state and national issues and to apply that insight in practical ways in our own communities.

This event provides the opportunity for us to learn about and speak with women who are making a difference in their own communities and workplaces. Some of them are succeeding against significant prejudices and setbacks. When you listen to the experiences and achievements of so many strong women it genuinely makes you itch to try to achieve your own best.

Among the many impressive presenters were featured:

Hon Linda Burney MP - Minister For The State Plan, Minister For Community Services And Member For Canterbury. She was the first Aboriginal Australian to be elected to the NSW Parliament and is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation. Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans 30 years.

Jude Munro - Chief Executive Officer Brisbane City Council (BCC). Jude is a Director of the Brisbane Institute, Australia Trade Coast Pty Ltd, the City of Brisbane Airport Corporation, United Way Queensland and the Translink Transit Authority Board. She is a former Director of the Brisbane Riverfestival, Adelaide City Marketing, Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority and the 7th Australian Masters Games Board.

Air Commodore Margaret Staib - in June 2000 she was posted to an exchange position with the United States Air Force, in the Pentagon. For her work on logistics trans-formation, she was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal. She was promoted to the rank of Air Commodore in January 2006, and took up the post of Director General Strategic Logistics, in Joint Logistics Command. During 2008, Air Commodore Staib led the Logistics Companion Review in support of the 2008 Defence White Paper, and is currently the Commandant at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

What a wonderful program that inspires more women to overcome adversity and reach their potential in any sector they choose.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Website for Updates

I will no longer be making posts on this site as I now own my own web-site

I have enjoyed keeping you informed and have found this blogger site very easy to use. The format as you can see is easy to manouvre around and provides the opportunity to upload photos and links to web-sites.

I will however keep this blog site as it has some useful information attached. In the future I will provide regular updates on the blog attached to my new web-site which can be found at

I look forward to remaining in touch with you



New Website for Updates

I no longer post on this site as I now own my own web-site with lots of information supplied for you. I also have a blog which I use online with regular recent entries. The reason I have changed this process is due to the many various different places I post in such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Bebo. Because it was all proving very time consuming I now post on my web-site and link to all other sites. I will continue keeping you up to date on my Council ventures and look forward to hearing your feedback.

For future updates please view my new web-site

For anyone considering blogging then I do recommend Blogger for ease of use and as you will see when viewing this site the layout works well and the system is very easy to follow.

I look forward to staying in touch