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Other councils may force Moreton Bay region’s hand on fluoride

Source: Caboolture Shire Herald | January 14th, 2013 | By Glenn Roberts
Location: Australia

The Caboolture region could be stuck with fluoridated water whether it likes it or not.

Last month Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) called for an report into using non-fluoridated water after Councillor James Houghton raised concerns about fluoride‘s health impacts.

But since then, the Brisbane City and Somerset Regional councils have decided they wanted to keep using fluoridated water.

MBRC Mayor Allan Sutherland said any decision to stop fluoridation would need the support of all councils in southeast Queensland.

“It would be difficult for any council in southeast Queensland to cease fluoridation given our communities are connected by the one water supply network provided by the State Government’s water grid,” Cr Sutherland said.

“I have spoken to a number of mayors who have said to me that our connected communities require a consistent approach to fluoridation.”

He said that while councillors would consider the matter when meetings resumed later this month, he believed the issue had already been settled by Brisbane and Somerset’s decisions.

Queensland Health said that if a council was to drop fluoridation it would have to pay all costs faced by Seqwater or the other impacted local governments.

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