Fluoride Action Network

Gold Coast: Council may take fluoride out of water

Source: Sun Community Newspapers | December 16th, 2012
Location: Australia

FLUORIDE could go down the drain for Gold Coast residents, with the city’s water boss saying he would not oppose scrapping the controversial additive.

The State Government has passed legislation allowing councils to chose whether to retain fluoride in their water systems.

Gold Coasters have had it for more than four years after it became mandatory across the state in late 2008.

Broadbeach councillor and water services committee head Paul Taylor said it was up to residents to decide whether they wanted the chemical out of their water.

“It would be expensive to do, but if they wanted it we would have to speak to and agree with the other councils in the region Logan and Redland,” Cr Taylor said.

“I am of two minds. Personally I do not think fluoride is good for overall health, but it seems to benefit kids’ teeth.

“I will go with what the people want.”

The 2008 move to introduce fluoride was surrounded by controversy, with water campaigners disrupting council meetings to protest against the decision.

It was opposed at the time by then-mayor Ron Clarke and then-councillor Grant Pforr.

Former dentist, Surfers Paradise MP and Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek has supported its use.