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

Friday, September 21, 2007

Foster Care Week Celebrations

Getting involved in Foster Care was something my husband Paul and I thought we would never be able to do. Part of the reason is because we are a tad selfish and would have liked to keep the children we were given to care for permanently. I cant quite remember what the turning point was but we have now become Foster Parents.

Eight months ago we did our course, Paul was able to do a weekend one and I did the long distance course which took up several months. Then we had the police check and the house inspection and then the moment came. A letter in the post to tell us we were now official Foster Care Parents with the Department of Community Services (DOCS).

Not long after the letter arrived we received our first phone call seeking a short term home for a child. We have since had 7 Foster children stay with us and wonder why we didn't do it sooner. While there can be some ups and downs with the initial settling in it doesn't take long for the children to develop new friendships and learn the house routine. Spending your time with these children helps give you a real reality check on how beneficial a stable home environment can be for children.

We were delighted to be invited to the Foster Care Week celebrations held at the West room near the Art Gallery. We met the staff of DOCS other carers and people thinking of becoming carers. There was even a suggestion of setting up a support group for the carers here in Orange so you guessed it Paul and I put our names down for that because we are firm believers that bringing up a family needs community support.

Visit a new web-site which supports the Family Unit

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