A Lismore councillor wants Rous Water to suspend the fluoridation of the region’s water supply.
Greens councillor Vanessa Ekins has announced she will lodge a motion at the next meeting of Rous Water on 16 September.
Her motion is that ‘Rous Water suspend the addition of fluoride to the regional water supply until the National Health and Medical Research Council has completed the review into reducing fluoride concentrations from 1mg per litre to 0.7mg per litre’.
Her motion comes as anti-fluoride protesters are holding an ‘urgent, emergency community meeting to organize and strategise last stand activitites to stop fluoridation.
The meeting will be held at the South Lismore Bowls Club today, September 1, at 5.30pm.
Meanwhile, anti-fluoride campaigner Al Oshlack has called on Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell to go to the police after receiving alleged threats via social media last week.
Mr Oshlack said ‘I have nothing personal against Jenny Dowell but she needs to stand up and speak about this issue’.
‘She must know the identity of this person and other people in the anti-fluoride movement want to know the person’s identity because insults and abuse take away the value of what we are trying to achieve in a democratic way,’ he said.
ABC radio reported this morning that Rous Water was planning to begin fluoridation within a week.
Rous Water has constructed fluoride dosing plants in the Clunes, Knockrow, Dorroughby and Corndale areas.
Richmond Valley, Ballina Shire and Lismore City Councils will receive fluoride in their water except, water customers in Nimbin.
NSW Health has also directed Ballina Shire Council to fluoridate the water supplied from the Marom Creek Water Treatment Plant to town water customers in the Wardell area.
Byron Shire’s town water customers will not receive fluoridated water. Town water customers in the Richmond Valley township of Casino already receive fluoridated water.