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Fraser: State Govt change puts fluoride debate back on the agenda

Source: The Fraser Coast Chronicle | December 3rd, 2012 | By Mitch Crawley
Location: Australia

ONE heck of an argument could soon reignite after the LNP relinquished its power to mandate fluoride in drinking water.

Before the compound was added to the Fraser Coast supply, debate was tense.

With the power to decide on the controversial measure returned to councils, local representatives will face a difficult task of accurately weighing up public opinion.

Mayor Gerard O’Connell admitted it was an argument he was not looking forward to moderating but said the council would step up and make hard decisions if and when it needed too.

“What we are doing is trying to get a bit more information on the legislation that was passed,” Cr O’Connell said.

“My early understanding is that they are going to give councils the option, obviously those that haven’t fluoridated their water would be allowed to not go ahead.

“I understand they will either give us the option to resolve to either keep doing it or opt out of it.”

Cr O’Connell said he would need to research the legislation further to determine if this was the case.

He said if full decision-making power did rest with council, they would do everything they could to consult residents of the region before making a decision.