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Mayor: Handling of fluoride was poor

Cr O'Connell said while he was still seeking clarification on the new legislation he believed the announcement was handled badly.
Cr O'Connell said while he was still seeking clarification on the new legislation he believed the announcement was handled badly.

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell says the LNP should have decided on the future of fluoride in the region's water supply before it dumped responsibility on council.

His comments came after responsibility to choose if the compound will continue to be added to Queensland supplies was handed back to councils last week.

Cr O'Connell said while he was still seeking clarification on the new legislation he believed the announcement was handled badly.

"It is a pity that the state government, which introduced the program, did not make a decision to continue or stop the practise," Cr O'Connell said.

"They have stepped away from making a decision and dumped it, and the costs of surveying residents, on local government.

"Council will ask the people before we make a decision."

Cr O'Connell said despite the state government paying for fluoridation equipment to be installed council was still forced to put $200,000 each year to operate the system.

He said he could see no reason why local government would continue to foot that bill if residents did not want it.

Another factor that could influence decision is significant dental waiting lists that continue to cause headaches for authorities.

"The state has a massive problem with funding dental services," he said.

"I don't know if the answer is fluoridation, giving fluoride tablets free to those who want them or oral health education campaigns, but I think people need that kind of information if they make a decision."

Fluoride merry-go-round

Former Labor Government announces fluoride mandatory in drinking supplies December 2007

After much delay, first release of the compound into Maryborough and Hervey Bay supplies June 2011

Fraser Coast Regional Council learns LNP Government intends to hand fluoride option back to Queensland local governments November 2012

Poll >> Would you invest in a company involved in fluoridation?

Topics:  fluoride, lnp



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