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, December 3, 2008

Mobility Challenge

Having a mobility challenge is certainly a wake up call. Myself and Mayor Reg Kidd became involved in the recent mobility challenge held here in Orange. We were told we would be blindfolded and need to make our way through a shopping centre, across the main street and then return back to the starting point. We were given a brief on how to use the vision stick to take note of changes underfoot and note noises that we heard.
After being blindfolded the challenge was on and it was not easy by any means. We had a person stay with us to help guide us when needed. When I had my eyes covered there was a real sense of fear when first starting to move. I hadn't realised how much we relied on our eyes.
Our other senses really came into play and touch and sound became the major senses we used. Getting out of the shopping centre had its challenges as the elevator was the mode of transport in getting to the next level. That in itself made you feel disorientated.
On arriving at the opening to Summer street the noise made it difficult to get orientated. Even though you could hear the traffic there was no real way of telling how close it was. When coming up to the traffic lights there were the markers on the footpath and the raised arrow and tone on the traffic signs which allowed you to know when it was clear to walk. The hard part here was hoping that the road users respected the signs themselves before you stepped out onto to the road.
Trying not to run into people and being guided by the walls along the footpath became tricky especially when business owners had signs along the walk way. It was quite a relief to return back to the starting point after having better understood the difficulties for blind people.
There were other disability challenges that other people who attended the day had to get through. For me it has been beneficial in gaining a greater understanding in my Councillor role when making decisions in our environment for our community.

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