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

Monday, August 18, 2008

Orange Visitors Guide- Launch

The Orange Region Visitors Guide was launched at the Hotel Canobolas by Mayor of Orange John Davis. Although I couldn't attend due to my commitment with the Australian Rural Leadership Program and being in Adelaide it was fortunate that my husband Paul could be present.

We were celebrating for two reasons. First because Orange now has a superb Guide which will be distributed far and wide and secondly because we have a paid advert in there for our new business which is supporting families. Back 2 Family Basics can be seen on page 33 with reference to our products and web-site.

So let me get back to the visitors guide. I understand there was extensive work done bringing together the first publication. The team behind the new guide for the Orange region wanted to make it safe to read a tourism publication again. Whilst not restraining the enthusiasm of contributors, the body of words accompanying what to do, see and enjoy in the Orange region is designed to be simply factual and informative.

The guide introduces a new concept of quarterly changing covers and event program inserts bringing together together four seasonal events.

The Taste Orange initiative supports existing events like Food Week and Orange Wine Week while also introducing Slow Summer and Frost Fest to provide a full calendar of events and activities.

The guides are available at the Tourist Information Centre and I understand that each household in Orange will receive one.

Well done to the guys at Taste Orange you have done some tremendous work and should be congratulated for making Orange look so good.

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