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, September 22, 2008

Bike Week

On your bike!

22nd September was the start of bike week with the meeting of bike riders in Roberston Park for the launch by Mayor John Davis. He even brought his own bike. We had celebrity guest Prime newsreader Alison Reese who not only rode but is a keen walker as well. She was accompanied by her children who also rode to the park. There was a BBQ breakfast to be enjoyed while mixing with the company there.

This week proved to be a valuable opportunity to re-emphasise the benefits of riding, both for our health and to our environment. Seeing so many young people in the park gives you the feeling that there is hope to encourage more bike riders in the future.

Orange City Council has actively built more bike tracks to allow for safe riding and will be installing bike racks soon. In the future you will be able to ride along these tracks all over the town.

In the previous Council I organised for the first bike handover to schools linking in the police who owned the bikes to be used, organisation who supplied funding and Orange City Council who brought it all together. Bike riding has now become a part of the sports scene and so there is now another way in which we can link into and educate our future.

One of the Orange police officers (Ben) came to Bletchington school so that we could hand over bikes to the 3rd school that has expressed an interest in the pilot project with bike riding. Ben also gave the children the opportunity to learn how to ride correctly on the road and explained what was essential equipment when riding. Ben explained about hand signals, comfort and safety for each of the children.

Ben had a captivated audience who expressed an interest in not only the bike safety information but also him as a police officer. Myself and another teacher gave a demonstration of how the hand-cuffs work and the limited use of your arms. We heard the siren on Ben's bike and saw his baton extended. This was a great opportunity for the children to share what they knew and I believe they will have a better understanding of bike riding, safety and use of the road. There could also be some possible future police officers in the making after hearing about Ben's job.

Cr Fiona Rossiter

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