Mayor Burnett decides on fluoride: 'I will vote to ...'

LOCAL councils will continue to have the power to decide if fluoride is put in their water supply, the State Government announced this week.

Mayor Matt Burnett says it's an issue "highly likely" to come before his new council soon.

And he said, while he thinks it should be a state issue, once a vote is put to his council, he will be voting against having fluoride in Gladstone's water supply.

Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Last time Gladstone Regional Council voted was in 2013; the vote in favour, five votes to four.

"My personal position is that it should be removed from the water supply," Mr Burnett said. "If it does come to the table, and I have no doubt that it will, I will vote to remove it."

Should fluoride be added to our water supply?

This poll ended on 23 May 2016.

Current Results

Yes it has great dental health benefits

38%

No, it's wrong to bulk medicate people

56%

No, I would rather take fluoride supplements

3%

I don't care either way

1%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Responding to a petition presented to Parliament earlier this year, Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick called for the state government to mandate fluoridation of the state's water supply.

"The Government recognises that water fluoridation is a safe and effective means of preventing tooth decay for people of all ages," Mr Dick said in his response.

"However, the Government is committed to working collaboratively with local governments to support water fluoridation rather than imposing requirements on them."

Australian Dental Association Queensland president Dr Julee Birch said the association would like to see the State Government take responsibility for water fluoridation.

Dr Birch said the ADAQ wanted all water in Queensland fluoridated as the health benefits were well researched and studied.

"There's no question it's of benefit to the population," Dr Birch said.