A Ballina councillor is calling for a new vote on water fluoridation in his shire after Lismore councillors voted to withdraw approval for fluoridation at their Tuesday meeting.
Councillor Keith Williams said he was aware fluoride was a hot-button topic in the shire.
‘I was probably approached by more people about this issue than any other single thing during the recent council elections,’ he told ABC radio this morning.
‘I think councils ultimately have a responsibility to provide clean, safe drinking water and I think the decision about fluoride is… actually about a medication program. And I’m not comfortable that we are really in a position to make that decision,’ he added.
In April 2010, Rous Water’s chief Kyme Lavelle provided member councils with legal advice indicating councillors could be personally liable for state government fines unless they approved fluoridation.
While local anti-fluoridation campaigner Al Oshlack lost his appeal to have fluoridation overturned, the court said the legal advice provided by Rous Water was erroneous.
Byron Shire Council has consistently opposed water fluoridation in that shire but the court’s decision has emboldened the other councils to reconsider the issue.