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Ballina residents should asked whether they support fluoride, according to Cr Jeff Johnson. (file pic)
Ballina residents should be asked whether they support fluoride, according to Cr Jeff Johnson.

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A Ballina shire councillor is pushing for a community poll to determine whether residents want their water supply fluoridated.

Cr Jeff Johnson, who is running as an independent candidate in the March state election for the seat of Ballina, has lodged a notice of motion that will be dealt with at this week’s council meeting.

Ballina Shire Greens Councillor Jeff Johnson. Photo supplied
Ballina shire Greens councillor Jeff Johnson. Photo supplied

Rous Water is currently building four plants that will provide fluoridated water to a majority of residents in the region.

It is anticipated that the construction will be completed around Easter 2015.

Ballina is constructing a fluoride plant at Marom Creek water treatment plant to supply fluoridated water to Wardell.

Fluoridated water will also be supplied to most town water customers in the Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley Council areas.

But Cr Johnson believes it’s not too late to reverse the decision.

He wants the council to hold a poll at the next local government election in September 2016.

‘While I’m personally against the fluoridation of Ballina’s water supply for a number of reasons I feel that for controversial issues such as this, it is important that the residents have an opportunity to decide whether they want fluoride to be added to their drinking water,’ Cr Johnson said.

Prior to the poll, Cr Johnson wants public meetings in Ballina, Lennox Head and Alstonville to give residents the opportunity to hear all relevant information before casting a vote.

‘If the outcome of the poll is that the majority of residents don’t want their water fluoridated, then the next council should take all necessary actions to remove it from the water supply,’ Cr Johnson said.

‘While current state government policy makes it difficult to reverse this decision, a future state government or policy shouldn’t be ruled out.

‘If there is a clear majority of residents who don’t want fluoride, then the council and state government should respect that position.

He said fluoridating the water supply would cost Ballina shire residents around $100,000 a year.

‘This money would be much better spent on an educational program in conjunction with local schools and/or the provision of fluoride tablets.’

Cr Johnson said Lismore’s poll on coal seam gas at the last council election had cost around $14000.

It’s not the first time that Ballina shire council has dealt with the issue.

In August last year, Cr Keith Williams attempted to reverse the council’s support for fluoride with notice of motion.

At the time, Cr Williams said his main beef was fluoridation of the water supply went against the notion of ‘informed consent’, arguing, with reference to a Harvard University study, that there must be some risks associated with fluoride.

His motion was defeated 8-2, with only Cr Jeff Johnson the only other councilor to support him.

At the time, Ballina’s mayor David Wright voted against his personal opinion to reconfirm that fluoridation of the shire’s water supply would go ahead as planned.

The Ballina council will meet on Thursday from 9am.

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  1. It is an absolute waste of tax money with fluoridation. Because it is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health, only 5% of the world population and only 3% of Europe uses it.

    A doctor or a dentist would never prescribe a drug or chemical to someone they have never met, with a dose they can’t control, and with no way to determine side effects. Fluoridation violates all good medical practices, making it unethical and immoral.

    It is immoral to pursue with such vigor a public health practice as foolish as putting a known toxic substance (i.e. fluoride) into the public water supply (and at levels which are approximately 200 times the level that occurs in mothers’ milk).

  2. Yes, yes and more yes. Let’s get the sensible people in the community out and voting YES for fluoridiation. The state of Australians’ teeth is appalling and it starts early.

    Let’s not allow the anti-immunisation morons to win the day on this one. They’re the ones who oppose anything they don’t comprehend, preferring to wave swizzle sticks and dance around fires to ward off ills.

    • Reasoning is not your forte, is it? Australia has one of the highest rates of forced-fluoridation in the world, and you say that the state of Australians’ teeth is appalling, and what we need is even more forced-fluoridation. Try thinking. You never know, it might not be too late to learn how.

    • One thing has nothing to do with the other. I’m very pro vaccination, however I’m completely against fluoridation. Think about the people who aren’t able to eliminate it at the same rate as others, like those with chronic kidney disease. They are still forced to drink this toxic water and eat food that is contaminated. It is impossible to avoid it completely. And what about babies drinking formula. Some parents just don’t realise just how dangerous it is and their babies are consuming far higher dosages than anyone would ever consider safe. It’s toxic to everyone and there’s no way to control how much any single person is consuming. Even if it was good for your teeth topically, which is debatable as too much can cause dental fluorosis, there is absolutely no need to be ingesting it!

  3. 98% of Europe is free of that toxic waste in their drinking water ! The W.H.O. stats proof clearly that bad oral health decline is identical in fluoridated and non fluoridated countries ! “Fluoridation is medicating without consent ” European Court 2005 !!!….Less then 5% of the world is fluoridating…The US covering 50% of those 5%…..dangerous science from the dark ages…how dare you, Ballina and Lismore..its criminal !!!

  4. I can only question the fact that a toxic bi-product of the aluminium manufacture process is planned to be added to our water.

    Therefore, I ask once again, respectfully why the choice to mass medicate the population has been taken.
    If people are persuaded of the beneficial properties of Fluoride, surely, as they would chose to take Vitamin C or Zinc they are free to purchase their tablets.
    Most developed countries no longer add fluoride to their water supply.
    Fluoridated countries do not have less tooth decay than non-fluoridated countries.
    Also fluoride affects many tissues in your body besides your teeth.
    It seems that there are more risks associated to this product than benefits, so we should err on the side of caution and think twice about it.

  5. Nasty poison. I do not want to drink it, bathe in it or water my veggies with it. I prefer to make up my own mind about what medication I ingest. I am outraged that I may have fluoride foisted on me.
    People who want fluoride should be able to get it in tablets from their pharmacy.

  6. fluoridation is a crime against Humanity. It shows that our society is sick and tired to be lead by absolute morons who believe that we all need to drink more poison to improve our teeth.. it doesn’t improve anything and is much more harmful than most people think.. even if the majority wanted fluoridation it would still be a crime to force the minority to harm their body as well as all living beings around. If fluoridation comes in, we can’t use the swimming pools any more, cannot wash our clothes with tap water.. have to turn off the taps and use only rainwater..
    What do the councilors or the dentists know about the fact that fluoride calcifies the pineal gland? Absolutely nothing! They certainly don’t care that fluoride reduces the IQ of every living beings around.. the more stupid we are and the more fluoride we want to absorb..
    If you are supporting fluoridation, you are not qualified to represent the community, you are a criminal, a serial killer we call them..


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