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, March 7, 2008

International Womens Day

The origin of International Women's Day lies in an event that occurred in New York 100 years ago this March. It was a protest by 15 000 women who were marching for the right to vote, a decent wage, and an end to sweat shops and child labour. Since then, women around the world have continued to rally and protest for women's equality. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution for a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. They didn't stipulate a date, but in many countries that date is 8 March.

(Above Information referenced from the NSW Women Issue 9 Feb 2008 Newsletter)

So on the 8th March in Orange, Council staff held a Women at Work Luncheon. One of Council staff members who has a talent outside of work sang and entertained the audience in between speakers. I was able to initiate the event with the brief above and a welcome to all the people who were able to attend.

We were then privileged to hear from three wonderful speakers with a variety of backgrounds. The first was our Orange Women Electorate of the year Pam Boney. Pam is a Murrauari woman who was born in Wee Waa. After loosing both parents Pam spent her younger years growing up in a Children's home in Brewarrina.

Pam married and had three children and explained those years as being the toughest and most isolating years of her life.

Pam gained many skills as a parent and became involved in her community. Pam also attended a TAFE course which challenged her personal values and was a turning point. She made many friends which she still has today. Pam's confidence increased and she gained the incentive to enter the workforce. Pam has since worked in a variety of different areas including Youth, Mission group and in Orange as a part of the school system. Pam is well deserving and a wonderful model as Women of the year for our electorate.

Elizabeth Makonnen Desta was the second speaker who is married with two children. After arriving in Australia she pursued post graduate studies. Prior to that she studied in the Czech republic and after that in Germany.

After completion of her studies she worked as a research officer in an International livestock centre for Africa. She was involved in Animal Nutrition Research. During the study years she travelled extensively gathering experience in both the developed and developing world. Elizabeth is very interested in women's issues and loves to talk to women from all walks of life. Elizabeth is now working as a Research officer.

Our last speaker was just as inspiring and her name was Jan Stevenson who has been a Magistrate for 18 years. Before being appointed to Orange she was a Senior Deputy State Coroner at Westmead for 4 years from 1997-2001. Jan has also worked as a Magistrate on the Maitland Circuit and before being appointed was in private practice for several years as a solicitor.

Jan was a senior solicitor and has spent her prior life in the Courts of Petty Sessions. Jan made the comment that when reflecting on her biography it all looked pretty dry and dusty. Jan's journey has been anything but dull!

Although I didn't have the opportunity to stay for the duration of the event, work commitments called, I did have the opportunity to speak with each of the ladies prior to the event starting. Each one of these ladies were inspiring in their own right and I congratulate them on sharing their journey through life with all the ladies who attended. It is occasions like these and the personal insight into their lives that can truly inspire you as an individual.

Thank you ladies for sharing this time with us all!

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