Fluoride has been added to some drinking water supplies to help prevent dental cavities for over 50 years, but it has become a contentious issue, with many arguing they hate the idea of what they consider is mass medication.
Back in 2008 the Queensland Labor Government introduced mandatory fluoridation of water supplies, but just four years later that was reversed by the LNP with local councils given the choice of whether they wanted to add fluoride or not.
One of the councils locally that decided to drop fluoride is the Rockhampton Regional council – and today the Gladstone Regional Council will also be looking at the pros and cons of the issue.
Gladstone Regional Councillor Kahn Goodluck has tabled a notice of motion calling for fluoride to be ceased to be added as soon as possible, former past President of the Australian Dental Association and Rockhampton Dentist Greg Moore has a very different view though.
They both spoke this morning on the issue.
and just to update this story – this morning the Gladstone Regional Council have passed the motion to take fluoride out of the region’s water supply.