Fluoride to be added in December

BELLINGEN Shire Council will begin putting fluoride into town water on December 1.

The council said the NSW Department of Health had approved the Bellingen Shire’s fluoride dosing units and instructed the council to commence dosing.

As a result, the council will be turning on the fluoride dosing plants in Dorrigo, Bellingen and the seaboard (Urunga, Repton, Raleigh, Fernmount and Mylestom).

Anyone who is on the reticulated water supply will receive fluoridated water from December, although in the Mylestom and Repton areas, fluoride is not expected to be noticeable within the water supply for seven-10 days.

The council said further information regarding fluoride was available on the website www.fluoridenow.com.au.

Not everyone is delighted with the news, but local opponents are now shifting their sights to a larger target.

“We’re stuck with it until the Fluoridation Act is changed in Parliament,” said Bellingen resident Fiona Crosskill.

“I’m lined up with all the others still battling the bureaucracy.

“Australia-wide, the health departments have managed to silence everyone and force it (fluoridation) through.

“Everyone who raises their voice is marginalised and made to look like freaks, but 70 per cent of people here voted against it, and that is a pretty high number given that about 30 per cent of people are on water tanks.”

Ms Crosskill said Bellingen Council had “washed their hands of it” because NSW Health was paying to have the fluoride dosing plants put in and maintained for the first few years.

She said although NSW Health reassured councils there could not be any complaints against them, there was still a lot of opposition to fluoridated water, with some countries banning it and other reversing the decision to fluoridate.

She said there was particular concern about using fluoridated water to make up formula for babies, since it accumulated in the body and it had also been implicated in problems experienced by older people, including brittle bones.

She said those who refused to be “mass-medicated” also paid a high price, with her osmosis filter costing her $1000 to install.

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