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, March 15, 2008

Relay for Life 2008

This has become like a family tradition for us all. Each year we venture down to Emu's park in Orange and set up camp. We have gathered up our walkers and spend from 4pm through to 9am the next morning relaying the course. It has become quite deep and meaningful for us over the years and more so when they have the candle ceremony. The grounds are quite except for the person speaking and the bagpipes start playing. There is a moment of silence and you look down from the grand stand to see the ground illuminated with bags subscribed with messages for both people who have lost their fight for life and those who are fighting strong to remain in remission.

This event is very close to my heart because of the profession I work in as a health professional. I have over my time as a nurse seen people leave their loved ones due to the effects of cancer. It is a time which causes incredible emotional pain for all involved.

Cancer is a wicked disease which randomly takes peoples lives and if by supporting the relay for life can encourage people to become better educated that at times cancer is life style related then it can only be a true benefit to our community.

On a lighter note this event not only makes people aware of the disease and the various consequences that occur but it also provides people the opportunity to speak with others in similar circumstances. The social aspect of the evening and the opportunity to dress up and be involved in the many activities that occur throughout the time span make for a family friendly event.

This event will be a part of our family traditions for quite some time to come.

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