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Members of the Fluoride Free Northern Rivers group. (Leisa Webb)
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About 70 people turned out to a blockade at the Corndale fluoride dosing plant yesterday but Rous Water general manager Kym Lavelle reckons they’re protesting in the wrong place.

Members of the Fluoride Free Northern Rivers group gathered outside the dosing plant, and even erected a tripod as ‘a calling card to remind Rous that the community will stand up against the forced fluoridation of the Lismore water supply’.

Aboriginal singer Blakboi provided entertainment and elders Reg King and Micky Ryan, along with Robert Corowa, lit a ceremonial fire to bless the protest.

The elders are writing to Rous Water, Lismore City Council and the Environment Protection Authority asking for a cultural assessment of a very old tree standing within twenty metres of the plant that may have been scarred by Aboriginal ancestors.

Yesterday’s blockade followed protests last week outside the Rous Water office in Lismore, and activists have vowed to continue with their actions.

But Rous Water general manager Kym Lavelle told ABC radio that the protests would not impede the fluoridation of the water supply.

‘There’s been quite a lot of talk in social media and the newspaper but at the end of the day we’ve been very transparent,” Mr Lavelle said.

‘We’ve been tested in court three times and we’re under the direction of the NSW Government.

‘I think they’re protesting in the wrong place myself,’ he said.



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  1. Courts have upheld discrimination in the past and now they are upholding mass medication. Being transparent in doing something unethical doesn’t justify doing something unethical. Simple solution – brush your teeth and make fluoride available for those who want it so they can add it to their own glass of water. Leave the rest of us out of it.

    • So, the courts and everyone else who refuses to buy into unsubstantiated antifluoridationist rhetoric, are just wrong?


      Steven D. Slott, DDS

  2. Everyone wants safe, clean water and not the added drug fluoride, added without consent.

    The solution for the fluoridation issue is very simple.

    1. Take the toxic waste fluoride chemical out of the drinking water.
    2. It is still legal and available, so those who wish to take it can then put fluoride in their own glass of water (as much as they wish).
    3. Leave the rest of us out of it, giving everyone the freedom of choice.

  3. “The elders are writing to Rous Water, Lismore City Council and the Environment Protection Authority asking for a cultural assessment of a very old tree standing within twenty metres of the plant that may have been scarred by Aboriginal ancestors.”
    MAY have been scarred?
    Straws: clutching?


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