Why has the fluoride debate been reignited on the Coast?
ELI WATERS nutritionist Nikki Boswell has reignited the debate over fluoride in the Fraser Coast's water supply, with a petition to return control of the additive to the State Government.
Ms Boswell wanted fluoride put back in the public water supply for its health benefits, after it was removed by the former Fraser Coast Regional Council in 2013.
Do you think fluoride should be debated again?
This poll ended on 13 April 2016.
Yes- let's have the discussion again
No- the region has made a decision
I don't care enough
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
In 2012 the Newman Government's decision to hand the fluoride debate and future to local government drew criticism from many Fraser Coast councillors, who said the state was passing the buck.
But in February 2013, after lengthy debate, the Fraser Coast Regional Council voted 8-3 to stop adding fluoride to the region's drinking water.
Ms Boswell said the state should have the discussion again.
"Dental health schemes are funded by the state and federal government so it's their issue," she said.
"As a nutritionist and even dropping the kids off at school I do see a lot of dental health issues in other people," she said.
Closing on Friday, Ms Boswell's petition has about 105 signatures.
Minister for Health Cameron Dick said the government would consult with councils about reintroducing fluoride.
"The Premier has made it clear that we support the fluoridation of water because there is clear evidence pointing to health benefits," he said.
"Consistent with our election commitments the decision whether to add fluoride to water supplies will remain with local councils."
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders disagreed, saying he was personally against reintroducing fluoride into the public water supply.
"What you put inside your body should be determined by you and not by a government," he said.
Mr Saunders said fluoride tablets should be made available at a discounted rate to those who want them.
- December 2007: The Bligh Government announces mandatory fluoridation of public water supplies
- June 2011: Fluoride dosing commenced on the Fraser Coast
- December 2012: The Newman Government allows local councils to mandate fluoride
- February 2013: Fraser Coast councillors vote 8-3 to remove fluoride from the water supply