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

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In Memory of the late Cr Margaret Stevenson OAM JP

This letter explains my involvement with Cr Margaret Stevenson OAM JP

What were you doing on the 18th of August at about 7pm 2005? Well I was at the Council Chambers awaiting a very important announcement. The announcement brought to everyone’s attention 34 years of service and commitment that a person had given to her community. That person is Margaret Stevenson. 34 years as a continuous elected Councillor that is an amazing achievement.
I met Margaret about eight years ago; we had both applied to become Health Councillors with Orange Base Hospital. It was a role that we were both passionate about. Margaret was always very keen to take on new initiatives. I was then fortunate enough to work with Margaret in fundraising and building a beautiful garden at the hospital. Margaret put her hand up for the Catheter Lab fundraiser and it wasn’t long before the committee she was working with had raised the funds. The Red Shield appeal where getting ready for their annual door knock and there was Margaret again hand up and willing to help in some way. Persistence and commitment are two key attributes of Margaret and evident in the many roles she has undertaken in her community.
The caring nature of Margaret I found appealing, it didn’t take long for us to developed a friendship. I learnt a lot from Margaret about her life and how through sheer determination she could tackle anything.
I felt privileged to run on Margaret’s ticket at the 2004 election and was thankful to her continuous push for me to promote myself below the line. You need to be out there promoting yourself Fiona she said. She gave me many a tip and said she was confident I would be elected. I was cautious of her confidence, especially seeing as there were 77 of us in the run with only 14 places to fill. Well Margaret was right of course and so a new journey I am travelling again with Margaret.
Margaret has been like a second mum, supportive, giving out the occasional advice and always taking the time to ask how the family is. I would like to congratulate Margaret on her devotion to local Government and the community of Orange. I look forward to working with Margaret in the future, we don’t always agree on some decisions in council that’s the advantage of being independent but you can always be sure that when the debate is finished a friendship remains. You’re a true inspiration to our community Margaret, It’s a pleasure knowing you and congratulations on a job well done.

In recognition of Cr Margaret Stevenson OAM JP and her many years of committment and work with the Orange community a memorial plaque has been place in Orange Spring Street park named Margaret Stevenson Park. Margaret was very much there for the battlers and is sadly missed. I was able to attend the unveiling of the plaque in memory of Margaret with her family and fellow Councillors.

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