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, June 21, 2008

The Golden West Region- Scouting 100 Years

I had the opportunity on behalf of the Mayor John Davis to welcome the Region Scout Council member and guests to the Orange District as part of the AGM program. Orange City Council has had a long history supporting Camp Canobolas. The Golden West Region (which stretches from Lithgow to Broken Hill, occupying nearly 2/3 of the state) was present at the AGM meeting.
Scouting provides opportunities for youth members to gain important life-skills such as responsibility, teamwork, initiative, problem solving skills, communication and the value of community service. The current Scout advertising campaign is based on "Today's Scouts- Tomorrow's Leaders" in recognition of the wide range of skills and experiences obtained in a dynamic and fun based environment.
The Honourable Ian Armstrong AO and President of the Regional Council and his wife Helen were in attendance at this regional meeting. It was a delight to meet with the people who are involved and working so hard to make the Scouting experience a rewarding venture.
This year marks the Centenary of Scouting in Australia. A special Centenary Scout Scarf has been commissioned and was presented to Council in recognition of the long association between Council and Camp Canobolas. Other key supporters were also presented with the Centenary Scout scarf.
There was also the opportunity to move a resolution of appreciation and a vote of thanks to all Adult Leaders and other Voluntary Workers within this Region. I couldn't help but speak about our third eldest son's experience as a Scout and the benefit and learning he has gained by being a part of the Scout movement. None of which would occur with out the commitment, support and time given by the Adult leaders.

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