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Re your article ‘Community Consultation could impact Rous Water’s plans’ (Echonetdaily, December 19), community consultation is just a political ploy for Rous to appear to be doing something.

For example, when they put out the REF for public submission for five chemical dosing plants for fluoridation scattered throughout our region they received 54 submissions against the plants and two for the plants. However the 54 submissions were completely ignored… why even bother going through the process if the community is to be always ignored? In other words let’s just go through the motions.

It’s about time CSG and fluoridation were treated in the same manner – they are both deliberate threats of deliberately contaminating our water with chemical toxins. Public consultations are just ignored – better to keep up with direct action as the Rising Tide and Sea Shepherd do. What are we leaving our future generations on our pristine northern rivers scattered with gas wells everywhere and poisoned water.

It reminds me of the North American Indian saying: ‘When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned you will realise that you can’t eat money!’

Ilga Sleja, Ballina


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