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.

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Cr Fiona Rossiter RN BN JP -Profile

Fiona Rossiter JP RN BN- Profile

About Fiona

Hi, my name is Fiona, I am 43 years of age and was born in England. I came to Australia on the ten pound boat ride at the age of one with my brother and parents. I have become naturalised and have lived in Australia for a good part of my life. I am a member of several community committees and a Justice of the Peace. The photo attached was taken when I became Woman of the Year for the Orange Electorate.
I am married to a wonderful man called Paul who does a marvellous job in keeping us all so connected. We have 8 children between us, 6 of which live in Australia with us. Our children and family life gives us much joy and is a priority in our lives.
We have had a strong passion to see children have happiness and in giving them the best opportunities in life, so much so that we have opened the doors of our home for the past few years to be Foster Care Parents. This has been a deeply moving experience for our family and just emphasises the diversity in each and every person’s life. Being a mum is one of the best professions in the world I believe!
My employed profession is as a Registered Theatre Nurse at Orange Base Hospital. I completed my study in 2000 (a late bloomer, to busy having children) and then specialised in Theatre Nursing the following year. I enjoy my work place and I work with amazing people. Being in charge of shift, meeting the many challenges that face you in emergency situations and connecting with people make my job extremely rewarding.
I keep going back to the importance of family as it is a choice Paul and I have made in our lives to only work part-time. We are able to fulfil our other commitments and engage with our interests. Paul and I have recently set up a new business called “back 2 family basics” where we have developed and printed our first resource package with many more to come. This is exciting for us as we are able to work together from home.
Prior to that we Founded another organisation called Australian Family Matters (Not For Profit) which has been set up to provide support and networking for children, youth and families. This site is a great success and is now looked after by a Board of community members.

As a Councillor already serving the Orange Community

I have been elected as a Councillor for Orange since 2004 after being invited to run with long serving and well respected Cr Margaret Stevenson OAM. When elected there were 3 female Councillors and a variety of professions. At the next election I ask that you support and encourage further female representation.
I am not affiliated with any political party and believe there is no room for party politics in Local Government. We are meant to be here for the people of our community, not to follow party lines. I believe that our council needs some new blood and there needs to be some changes. I am standing again because I have enjoyed my previous years and feel there is more to achieve. I believe some of us have worked really well and our achievements have been resounding.
There has been unprecedented growth and we are keeping ahead of the game with the administration of Council. Orange City Council is in a sound position and the progress of Orange is unstoppable. We need people on Council who are forward thinkers, who have a broad vision for our community.
My Objectives are worth reading and can be seen on the Orange City Council website at

In my previous years on Council I have been a strong advocate for and worked with others on:

BMX Track- Glenroi and Anzac Park
After surveying students we learnt the requirements for a BMX track in Orange. Being the chairperson of the working party it didn’t take us long to develop a conceptual design for both tracks with the opportunity of being able to re-adjust at any time. A BMX club is being set up now with a possible Olympian in the future.
Ronald McDonald House Orange- Being a Board Member and fundraising for accommodation unit at the hospital for children and their families.
Cancer Care Western NSW- Being a Board Member and fundraising for an accommodation facility for patients and carers when undertaking cancer treatment. Assisted with the production of a DVD on cancer treatment emphasising the impact of long distances to travel for patients at this time.
Children’s Memorial Garden- Mt Lindsay/Rotary Park – actively worked with community members and council to lobby for and confirm the location of this garden. Plans have commenced on fundraising for and design of this garden.
Glenroi Park- actively sought funding from additional sources for play equipment at Glenroi Park. Worked with council staff to meet with children and identify what type of equipment they preferred.
Advocated for Bike racks in CBD
After I successfully moved a motion in Council, Orange Central Business District will become more accommodating for bike riders with several bike racks soon to be installed.
Bike Program for Schools
I initiated the development for a partnership with Orange Police, local schools, services clubs and Council to provide bicycles to schools. This project has enabled children to learn cycling skills, bike safety, maintenance and the opportunity for an alternative mode of transport.

In addition, I have:
Advocated for Anzac Park Sports Facility
Supported decision for Indoor Heated pool
Advocated for Affordable Housing Project in Eungella Place
Country Vice President Australian Local Government Women’s Association
Services Policy Committee
Christmas Street Party
Youth Inter agency
Community Inter agency

I am also proud of the fact that I have been involved with some of my fellow Councillors in securing funding for The Northern Distributor Road, CCTV cameras, the William street lights, Anzac Recreational Facility and 4.5 million toward the water management program for Orange. As you can see I work hard on commitment and in providing the best possible outcomes for Orange and our satellite towns.

What I bring to the future Council

I bring to Council a well balanced person who has an independent mind with a particular interest in people and their lives (this is why I have chosen my profession as a nurse also). I have undertaken extra education in my own time to better understand the many areas of Council life so I am able to make informed decisions and keep up with the times. I also have an extensive network which allows me the opportunity to connect with other people along with sharing ideas and resources.
I have commenced “The Australian Rural Leadership Program” which runs for 18 months and only accepts 35 people annually from Australia. The programs to date have been life changing. I feel very privileged to be a part of this organisation and can already see the benefits for regional and rural Australia’s future.

My Policies for the upcoming election are:

Rate control
Investigate and encourage other forms of funding to prevent increased costs to Orange Council and Rate payers
Orange Base Hospital
Remain active and further progress the development of our new base hospital with further specialist services.
Improve Road Accessibility
Continue to speak out and make change on poor access to the South for the many new facilities and organisations. We are a growing city and so the Southern link should occur. Also progress Cr Ryan’s motion for the Spring Creek Bridge by providing a link and access over this route.
Increase Parking in the CBD
Continue to lobby for increased accessible parking in the CBD with an emphasis on particular parking zones for residents.
Greening Orange- Climate Change Action
Increase the awareness and impact of Climate Change via education whilst working with our Council on measures to reduce our Carbon Footprint.
Water Sustainability
Continue to be active in progressing Orange’s future water plans, whilst gaining funding from other resources to reduce impacts on rate payers.
Increase School Safety in the Community
Continue to examine and understand additional options that could provide safer and independent speed restrictions around schools and pedestrian crossings
Healthy Lifestyle
Continue to advocate for further bike and walking trails, sporting facilities and events and promote shared space concept.
Community Cohesion
Continue to support and attend community forums, engage further in community consultation and encourage and promote all means of communicating with Council and Councillors. Bang the Table at

I have been a committed and active Councillor for the past four years and would like to carry my work ethics on for a further four years. I would like to represent the community of Orange again and ask please could you give me your
No 1 Vote for Rossiter
I also encourage you to consider my team members when placing your below the line vote marking up 6 of your votes with us.
Additionally you can vote above the line by giving our TEAM H No 1

Thank you for this opportunity and I do hope I can represent Orange again in the future!

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