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

Friday, June 27, 2008

Writers Group- Orange City Council Library

My husband Paul and I have decided on taking a new journey in life and have just set up a new Business venture called "Back 2 Family Basics". This was not a planned venture in life, it was more a mistaken realisation that has occurred and led us into the life of writing. You see we have found over time that we receive many calls and requests seeking help on how to bring up children and work together as a family. From the many conversations with other adults came the seed of thought to write a book about family.

So the Family book was well underway and the first draught had been completed. Then came another idea of more documentation for another package that we had been using for many years. This program had been passed onto our children and involves budgeting and managing finances. Then without realising it another two products were developed to do with your life and incentives and disincentive. Next thing we know we have a great deal of resources which had been working successfully for us.

So why not share these with others, or better still why not solely concentrate on these resources and develop a company which focuses on "family basics" to make life easier. Well here we are now with one package in at the printers waiting to be printed. Another two sitting on the computer being developed further and the last one in a folder ready to be put together.

Are we excited? Yes, because we can share with others what we know and have learnt over the past 24 years as parents bringing up 8 children of our own on a low income and further other children as Foster Parents. These items are so easy to use and we have made them friendly and supportive to the busy lifestyles that so many of us lead.

I have been attending the Orange writers group to learn more about being a writer and find it a supportive environment which I can learn from. Feedback is a part of the process once you have read some of your script to the others. Therefore you can learn further with a different point of view gained.

We are looking forward to launching our products in the not too distant future but in the meantime please feel free to visit our holding page and read in greater detail about the products.

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