Flu­o­ride to be re­moved from water

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FLU­O­RIDE will be thing of the past.

At Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing at Eidsvold, North Bur­nett Re­gional coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted to dis­con­tinue the ad­di­tion of flu­o­ride to the re­gion’s water sup­plies.

At the last coun­cil meet­ing for 2012, coun­cil­lors re­solved to talk to their con­stituents and gauge the com­mu­nity’s view on the is­sue.

Mayor Don Waugh re­minded res­i­dents that State Government leg­is­la­tion had stated flu­o­ride must be added to town water sup­plies and in­di­vid­ual coun­cils had no choice but to com­ply.

But a re­cent de­ci­sion to amend this leg­is­la­tion gave coun­cils the op­tion of not adding flu­o­ride to their water sup­plies.

“We put a mo­tion through to dis­con­tinue the ad­di­tion of flu­o­ride to our water sup­plies,” Cr Waugh said.

“We will put out no­tices to in­form the pub­lic of this de­ci­sion.

“(But re­mov­ing flu­o­ride from the water sup­ply) could be up to one month away.”

Cr Waugh said with the high rain­wa­ter tank us­age across the re­gion, it­was a waste of money.

“The eco­nomic ar­gu­ment was with so many us­ing tank water for con­sump­tion it made no sense to flu­o­ri­date water that was pre­dom­i­nantly used for wa­ter­ing lawns or clean­ing cars,” he said.

“This re­flects the trend of the cur­rent State Government in hand­ing power back to lo­cal government.”

Flu­o­ride is cur­rently used in the Gayn­dah, Monto and Mun­dub­bera water sup­plies.

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