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 28, 2008

Water Information Stand- Orange City Council

Orange City Council has held several information stand within the Orange Community to educate people on what is available in the form of resources and where Council is at with the water strategy for Orange.

Water Tight Program- 10 households have been invited to express an interest in having their house fitted with water saving devices. The program runs over a 6 week period and allows these households to come up with the most innovative water saving ideas. They will also be comparing the lowest consumption per person.

Shower head Exchange Program- this has been very popular and only been going for two weeks. Council has already6 given out over 100 water saving shower heads. All the you need to do is come down to Customer Service with your old shower head, fill out a form and we will give you a new shower head.

Shower timers- have been very popular, so much so that we have given out hundreds and have a new batch on order. What you need to do it beat the 4 minutes that the egg timer allows. This is great fun and educational for the kids as well.

There was plenty of information that was given out with regards to water tank rebates and grey water re-use. There were also Council staff available to talk about the water strategy in place with our Council which the Minister Nathan Reese has approved funding of 4.5 million for.

This was an enjoyable day and it was nice to see all the interest from the public. I particularly thought our rain drop character made a huge impact with the younger generation when thinking about water use.

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