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, January 25, 2008

Australia Day Orange

It has been a tradition in our family for many years now that on the 25th January we all wake early and venture off to Cook Park. Why you may be asking? well it is a beautiful place to be sitting in the early hours listening to the birds singing and eating a traditional Aussie breakfast with other people from our community. The big event was Australia Day celebrations in Cook Park.

This year I not only enjoyed the fruits of the committee who I know worked hard. But I was able to be involved with the committee and help with the organising of the event and introduce our Ambassador for Orange Scott McGregor. Scott McGregor is one of Australia's most well known faces from over 25 years of work as an actor, presenter and producer with a fan base ranging from 4 year old train mad boys to Aussie tool mad blokes and women of all ages. We were able to share moments of Scott's life and be a part of his tales and humour. He made everyone feel a part of the day.

This day was jam packed with events from colouring in competitions, Aussie Hat competition, Flag raising and Citizenship, painting in the park, Car display, amusement rides, entertainment plus, tug-o-war, stalls and craft. The day was a mix of activities and for those wanting a rest plenty of sitting areas to relax and enjoy the days activities and atmosphere.
Congratulations to Temple Cornish for Australia Day Citizen for Orange. Young Australia Day Citizen was Elizabeth Vaughan

It's a date I would recommend you pencil into your diary in readiness for next year! 25th January.

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