RESIDENTS will remember the battle waged last year by fluoride fighters against the forced addition of the chemical to the water supplies at Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto.
Now, after almost a year of fluoridated water, the State Government has passed legislation putting the power back with councils, allowing them to make their own decisions.
And at the next North Burnett Regional Council meeting, a discussion will be held about the future of the region’s fluoride programs.
Mayor Don Waugh said costs and the fact most of the fluoridated water was not consumed by residents meant the North Burnett could have done without fluoridation.
CEO Mark Pitt said the program had cost the council.
“With costs to date and looking at a pro-rata for the second half of this calendar year, brings an annual cost to the council for running the fluoridation system of $42,260 excluding power,” Mr Pitt said.
When the government was elected one of the first decisions made by the council was to request a meeting with Health Minister Lawrence Springborg to discuss stopping the addition of fluoride. But no response was received.
Mr Springborg said months of debate had convinced the government to re-establish a role for local authorities.
Although still unconvinced by the arguments of fluoride fighters in the general public and within the party, the LNP decided to end the legislative requirement for fluoridation.
“Whilewe continue to advocate for the inclusion of fluoride, we retain a strong philosophical commitment to local decision-making,” Mr Springborg said.
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