Gladstone mayor says fluoride good for long-term health
THE controversial debate as to whether Gladstone should have a fluoridated water supply has been put to bed.
A close vote at yesterday's council meeting saw five to four councillors approve the recommendation to continue adding fluoride to the Lake Awoonga Treated Water Scheme.
Mayor Gail Sellers was one of those for the supply.
"I believe that the benefit is long-term for children's teeth," she said.
"We are helping to have better teeth throughout Queensland and scientific studies show that this is fact."
In 2008, the Labor state government introduced the Water Fluoridation Act but in December 2012 the Newman government gave the deciding power to local councils.
Councillor Ren Lanzon, who brought up the discussion earlier this year, voted against keeping it.
"My preference was to vote to take it to the people so we could get some kind of official understanding," he said.
Mr Lanzon said fluoridating water was not the council's core business.
"I do not know what, to put it bluntly, I am forcing down people's throats," he said.
"I also have some concern about possible litigation in the future."
Two anti-fluoride community members voiced their objections at the end of the meeting. Other councillors in favour of fluoridation were Karen Porter, Maxine Brushe, Rick Hansen and Col Chapman.
Gladstone council votes to retain fluoride in water supply
GLADSTONE Regional councillors decided at their meeting this morning to continue adding fluoride to the council water supply.
Mayor Gail Sellers and councillors Karen Porter, Maxine Brushe, Rick Hansen and Col Chapman voted in favour of retaining fluoride, while councillors Ren Lanzon, Matt Burnett, Leo Neill-Ballantine and Graham McDonald were in favour of removing the chemical.
Cr Sellers said during the debate this morning that people she had spoken to in the community had agreed that fluoride should stay in the water supply.
"There is a small vocal minority," she said.
"[With] the amount of fluoride in the water, we can't call it mass medication. We have a choice to drink the water provided by the council."