ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has today become the fourteenth council to make the decision to remove fluoride from its region’s water supply since the Queensland Government gave councils the option to take it out.
Council sought advice from Queensland Health and the Australian Dental Association before making the decision.
Both health bodies encouraged the fluoridation of water.
But Councillor Glenda Mather argued forcefully against the “mass medication” of public water supplies.
She spoke about concerns with fluoride causing dementia, fluorosis and other bad side affects.
The only councillors who voted against the motion to remove the fluoride were Greg Belz and Bill Ludwig.
6am: COUNCILLORS will today sink their teeth into the fluoride debate that has caused much division in the community.
Since the Queensland Government gave councils the power to keep or remove fluoride in the regions’ potable water supplies last year, 13 councils have chosen to remove it.
But Rockhampton Regional Council has sought further advice from Queensland Health and the Australian Dental Association.
Cr Glenda Mather will oppose the health bodies support for fluoride, saying there is no scientific evidence to prove it.