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

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Orange Aboriginal Community Plan

Since my election to Council and over the past 4 years I have noticed and been a part of making our Aboriginal Community more inclusive. We have included our Aboriginal Community into our 2020 plan for Orange, Council activities with the flag being placed outside the chambers and the reading of acknowledgement to Country at each of our Council meetings.
Over time Orange City Council and Councillors have been all encompassing with the Aboriginal Employment strategy and with the Aboriginal community the development of the Orange Aboriginal Community Plan 2007-2011.
It is now we can share with the wider community the Orange Aboriginal Community Plan 2007-2011. The aim being "To create an Aboriginal community that fosters unity, ownership, participation and leadership, while contributing to the social, cultural and economic activities of the wider community with Orange."
The Orange Indigenous Social Action Plan is for the Orange Aboriginal Community and was developed by the Orange Aboriginal Community Working Party with assistance from community members, the Orange City Council and planning consultants.

The four main priorities that emerged from the planning were:

1) Community development and information sharing:
The plan supports strengthening Community unity, leadership, communication and promoting cultural awareness and sharing success.

2) Education:

The plan supports educational activities that give Aboriginal people in Orange the chance to go to an Aboriginal pre-school, finish high school, go on to further study and gain meaningful employment.

3) Employment:

The plan aims to make imaginative use of community resources and particularly help young people just entering the work force and those people who have been unemployed for long periods of time.

4) Home Ownership:

The plan aims to provide practical self-help support to people wishing to purchase their own home.

The Community Working Party will organise Sub-Committees that include community people who have skills or interests in the activities. At least three Sub-Committees will be formed, to cover:
1) Housing (mainly private home ownership)
2) Employment (mainly expanding employment opportunities), and
3) Education (mainly support and mentoring).

Time lines, responsibilities and milestones will be developed in discussion with each Sub-Committee and tasks will be revised to fit Sub-Committee feedback and interest.

As you can see there has been considerable work done and will continue well into the future.

Some information on this page has been referenced from the flyer provided at the launch of the Orange Aboriginal Community Plan launch held at the Orange Civic Theatre. For further information contact: The Secretary, Community Working Party, C/- Department of Housing, 272 Summer Street, Orange, NSW, 2800 or phone 6360 8170

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