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

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Works Inspection North Orange Shopping Development

This was a beneficial trip organised by Council staff. We had the opportunity to visit all three sites and see the impact of having a shopping centre placed on each one.
Site 1 or otherwise referred to as Woolworth's site is situated diagonally opposite the Children's Adventure Playground.
Site 2 was deleted at a recent Council meeting (otherwise known as Council's site)
Site 3 or otherwise referred to as Coles site was on a down hill slope off Hill street and at the side of the services entry to the Botanical Garden.
Site 4 was closer to the centre of Orange also off Hill street.
All these plans can be viewed at Council.
From this trip I learnt just how close the Children's Adventure Playground will be to the site 1 development and I will discuss this further in more up to date posts.
I also learnt that the view that was mentioned by some concerned citizens for Mount Canobolas had to be viewed from either the service entry point to the Botanical Gardens or the Botanical Gardens car park, neither really a safe option when you have children near by.
I also learnt that there is no view of the Botanical Gardens from the Ploughmans Lane as was suggested in a recent news article where people were stating this as the case. Our works inspection bus drove along Ploughmans lane and we were hard pushed seeing past the trees.
I have always been in support of works inspections as a valuable resource to better understand some of the issues we are faced with as Councillors when making decisions.
Thank you to Council staff who organise these trips.

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