Fluoride Action Network

Colac [Victoria] residents upset over fluoridation consultation

Source: ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | April 17th, 2008
Location: Australia

Colac residents are frustrated there was not more consultation before the Department of Human Services (DHS) decided to add fluoride to the city’s water supply.

But DHS says residents were invited to a community information session last month where they were able to ask questions about the issue.

Many residents have contacted the Member for Polwarth, Terry Mulder, wanting to know why there was not a debate about the issue.

Mr Mulder says he personally thinks fluoride will improve the town’s dental health, but he will raise the community’s concerns about the lack of consultation.

“It appears as though the Government have made their mind up,” he said.

“They are going to go ahead with it.

“I’ll certainly make my concerns known in relation to what I believe is a lack of consultation on the matter, but [Premier] John Brumby seems to run roughshod over communities once he’s made his mind up on something.”