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

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back 2 Family Basics- Budget Planner Book Launch

It has taken 6 months for this project to come to fruition. The idea we already had and had been using for many years but the time had come after speaking with Bruce at the Business Enterprise Centre to make it available to the public. One step at a time we put our hand written material together. Then came the insertion of pictures and templates and then the visit to the printers. Scared! yes we were, having never done anything like this before.

We held the evening event to inform the public and launch our first product with our newly named business Back 2 Family Basics. The evening was a huge success with guest speakers Mayor John Davis who welcomed everyone and spoke about our passion to support families. Then Bruce Buchanan Executive Officer for the Business Enterprise Centre spoke about how the product evolved from a prompting telephone conversation. Bruce gave us the push to get out there and promote what we had, it is a conversation we will long remember.

The budgeting planner pack is our first product that has come to fruition. It provides all the resources you need to get you on track with your financial commitments. Truly great value and so easy to use. There are plenty more fabulous products to follow which will help individuals and families to get on track.

Visit our web-site and check it all out, better still purchase the budget planner pack and get ahead financially. Register for the news letter and stay up to day with whats new on the market with Back 2 family basics.

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