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

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Orange Refugee Week 2008

It was my pleasure to offer a Civic welcome to all the people who attended the celebration of Refugee week here in Orange. The Theme was "a place to call home".
Whilst Refugee week celebrations have been held in the past this is the third consecutive year for Refugee celebrations at the Orange City Council complex. Here at Council we are very proud to be involved with this most important day, particularly as Refugee Day and Refugee Week are now combined at this time in June.
A refugee is someone who is outside their own country and who cannot return due to a well-founded fear of persecution. This may be because of their race, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.
Australia is privileged to take in over 13,000 refugees every year. The countries of origin for these refugees varies, and is determined by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The numbers have dramatically increased in the past few years, unfortunately, mostly due to civil unrest.
Currently the UNHCR helps over 32.9 million refugees and other uprooted civilians in similar circumstances in countries around the world. This has included significant increases in refugees from Uganda. Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq. The focus of refugees coming to Australia has altered somewhat in the past two years from a primary focus on Africa to one where middle eastern refugees are seeking and being accepted for refuge.
With a changing diversity in Orange we are thrilled to have residents from over fifty different language groups. This includes refugees who have chosen to make Orange their home, from at least five different countries. A recent change in population has been the secondary migration of refugee families and some of the newest Australian Citizens from Sydney of the Sudanese culture. We now also have over four language groups of Sudanese in Orange, and I was pleased to see so many of this community at the event.
I saw a lot of familiar faces from within our community and from the previous years event and I enjoyed the opportunity of meeting our local residents again. We were spoilt with food made by the multi cultural people who attended this event and what an array of different foods there was to choose from.
The Burralgang Aboriginal Dance group performed with the Glenroi Heights Public School and the Better Pathways Program to offer a Welcome Dance. The Australian Red Cross gave a presentation on the Refugee experience and there were the speakers who shared a story of their experience as refugee's now living in Orange.

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