Fluoride Action Network

Eurobodalla Shire: Focus group debates pros and cons of fluoridation

Source: ABC Radio News | February 26th, 2008
Location: Australia

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s community consultation process about whether or not to fluoridate the shire’s water supply is progressing.

The shire’s focus group has met for the first time.

Twelve members of the local community came together to discuss the different arguments for and against water supply fluoridation.

Council’s water cycle officer, Harvey Lane, says the meeting was a success, despite the emotive nature of the debate and the very different viewpoints represented by group members.

He says one thing that all focus group members seemed to agree on was the poor level of dental health in the region.

The next step in the fluoride debate will take place next month, when information sheets will be sent to all Eurobodalla households outlining the arguments for and against the process as put forward by the focus group.

This information will also be available on council’s website and at information stalls to be set up around the shire in mid-March, with residents encouraged to have their say.