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

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Guest Speaker Orange Mountain Evening View Club

I had the great pleasure of speaking with the Orange Mountain Evening View Club about my recent adventures in the Kimberley's. I have to confess this is the first time I have put together my story of the adventure and so with it came many memories and mixed emotions. It was a wonderful experience that I would totally recommend. The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is the organisation that provided the Leadership challenge. The course runs for 18 months with the most amazing opportunities and links to be tapped into.

I felt it important to tell a fair amount of the journey through the Kimberley's, how it happened and I could have told so much more.....

The pictures, scenery and people I met along the way will be engraved into my memory forever. I believe the whole experience made a significant impact on my life and has changed my way of thinking also, not to mention the extended friendships I now have around Australia.

The evenings event at the Orange Mountain Evening View Club focused on the Olympics. There were the games to be played, laughter to be enjoyed and the wonderful company of the ladies. I try to make it to as many of their events as possible and love all the creativity and themes they come up with for there events. Of course these wonderful ladies help with fundraising for the Smith Family and so you can be assured that you get the added benefit of supporting a worthy cause.

Watch out in the local paper CWD to find out when the next event will be on and I look forward to seeing you there on the odd occasion.


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