COUNCILLORS are staying very tight-lipped about how they will vote when regional water fluoridation comes before Mackay Regional Council at the end of the month.
“I want to bring the debate to council for a resolution this month, most likely at the monthly ordinary council meeting at the end of August,” Mayor Greg Williamson said.
Mayor Greg Williamson: Undecided. Believes there’s health benefits, unsure of morality of fluoridation.
Deputy mayor Amanda Camm: Unknown. On leave.
Cr Martin Bella: Leaning towards Yes. Wants a community-wide vote.
Cr Laurence Bonaventura: Yes. Believes it’s in the community’s best interest.
Cr Kevin Casey: Undecided. Wants to discuss the issue further.
Cr Justin Englert: Undecided. Wants a community-wide vote.
Cr Fran Mann: Leaning towards No. Gauging community sentiment.
Cr Ross Gee: Undecided. Believes there’s health benefits, unsure of morality of fluoridation.
Cr Karen May: Undecided. Wants to see council’s internal report.
Cr Ayril Paton: Undecided. Wants a community-wide vote.
Cr Ross Walker: Unknown. Away until mid-August.
In a recent informal poll conducted by the Daily Mercury asking whether Mackay region’s water should remain fluoridated, 26% of voters said yes and 73% said no.