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Rockhampton council to debate removing fluoride from water

Source: The Morning Bulletin | March 7th, 2013
Location: Australia

NINE councils have ruled against fluoridation since the Queensland Government gave local governments the chance to have their say earlier this year.

The controversial issue came before Rockhampton Regional Council’s Water Committee yesterday.

Councillors were given a report on fluoridation, but opted to make their decision in April on whether council should continue to put fluoride in the town’s water supply.

Cr Glenda Mather is on leave this week, but she told The Morning Bulletin earlier this year she would table an anti-fluoridation petition after the community had made its decision on de-amalgamation.

Council will save $40,000 a year if it decides to discontinue putting fluoride in the water, according to a council officer.

It cost council about $700,000 to construct the fluoride-dosing facilities in 2009 and 2010, with most of the cost subsidised by the Queensland Government.

The government mandated in 2008 that all local governments put fluoride in drinking water.

The council officer suggested council seeks further information from Queensland Health and authorities to determine whether it is in the best interests of the community.

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