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, March 9, 2009

Internationa Women's Day 2009

International Women's Day is celebrated around the world each year on the 8th March. It is an important occasion to take time out to reflect and celebrate the achievements and gains made by women and to focus on the job still to do working towards equality for women around the world.

International Women's Day provides an opportunity for communities to recognise and celebrate local women's achievements and the contribution they continue to make to the area. The Office for Women's Policy, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet provided one thousand dollars to Orange City Council to work with local community groups to organise this event to celebrate locally the 2009 International Women's Day.

The theme for 2009 is "Sharing and Caring for the Future" and the day let us focus on the contribution of women in their caring roles, in both the paid and unpaid workforce, and explore the strategies needed to share the responsibility for caring across our community.

In Orange we are fortunate to have a variety of organisations to assist those who care for our most vulnerable. These organisations provide a range of services which include in home assistance such as cleaning and personal care, assistance with meals, whether providing a delivered meal or shopping service, respite for carers in the individuals own home, in the community or, where appropriate, in an aged care facility and information and referral services to link carers to ongoing support appropriate to their individual needs and circumstances. Details of these services can be found on Council's website.

Strategies to assist carers and share a load might include offering to pick up a few things at the local grocery store, doing an odd job around the home, stopping in for a cuppa and having a chat. These few simple strategies can provide carers with much needed assistance and socialisation and also let carers know they are not alone.

We had several guest speakers at this event they being Jan Savage who was announced as the Orange Electorate Women of the Year and Dr Ruth Arnold who spoke about health and in particular Orange Base Hospital's new development and regional service.

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