Fluoride to be taken out of Gladstone's water in '40 days'

19th July 2016 9:08 AM
UPDATED 3:16 PM

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The Gladstone Regional Council has decided to take fluoride out of our region's water.

The decision was met by applauds from the crowd in the chamber.

It's expected to take 40 days to phase out.

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Mayor Matt Burnett.
Mayor Matt Burnett. Paul Braven GLA050416COUNCIL

Earlier:

GLADSTONE Regional Councillors will thrash out the idea of removing fluoride from the water supply today. Councillor Kahn Goodluck will bring up the motion this morning at the council meeting.

His recommendation in the agenda is to advise Gladstone Area Water Board to stop putting fluoride in Gladstone's drinking water. And he would like it to cease as soon as possible.

Live twitter updates from the council chambers:

Cr Goodluck said after speaking to "a large number of people" he decided to "grab the bull by the horns" so the council could have the discussion and debate and move on to more important matters.

>> Days numbered for fluoride in Gladstone's water supply

"I can't say I've spoken to 40,000 people about the issue but the majority of people I've communicated with want fluoride removed," he said.

Mayor Matt Burnett has also publicly stated he would vote for fluoride to be removed.

All eyes will be on how dentist and councillor PJ Sobhanian will vote.