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, August 15, 2007

Courage to Care

"Courage to Care conveyed a message of communal tolerance and living in harmony, through the stories of individuals who had the Courage to Care. It gives one the opportunity to meet a living historian. Courage to Care emphasised the importance of standing up against racism and persecution, especially in relation to minority groups with the overriding theme that just one individual can make a difference. Courage to Care is committed to upholding the dignity and worth of every human being."
This is the message on the back of the invitation I was given for the opening of Courage to Care. This was a powerful display with a significant message for any human who had the opportunity to view the display. The exhibition shared stories from people who survived the Holocaust. We heard about difficult living standards, the fear of being caught and dying, about people on the run and not being sure where their next meal would come from. There was so much uncertainty and I guess what surprised me most was that there were some people who worked on the other side who helped the Jewish people.
There were Jewish people who were in responsible roles in the hostage areas who went that extra step to help their fellow people and escape. Now that took courage! I visited with my friend Anni and we walked around reading the many boards and folders. We listened to some of the stories and it took all of my strength not to cry. In fact when we finished viewing the display we had to go and debrief.
Although it was very sad to hear the stories it was pleasing to know that school children were encouraged to visit and hear the stories and learn that any one of them can have the courage to step out and protect another human being. My daughter visited the exhibition and still talks about the many stories she heard.
I recommend this display if it comes to your town, in fact its a shame there is only one of them. With the way our world is progressing with more and more innocent people being injured I believe it would be a good example for more people to understand the pain inflicted and the hope given when people do come forward and care.
To learn more about their exhibition visit

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