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A map showing areas of the northern rivers that will receive fluoridated water. (Rous Water)
A map showing areas of the northern rivers that will receive fluoridated water. (Rous Water)

The Clunes water supply is now being fluoridated, and the other three dosing plants in the region are about to be switched on.

Rous Water general manager Kyme Lavelle this morning confirmed that the Clunes dosing plant was now operational.

The others, at Corndale, Dorroughby and Knockrow, are expected to be turned on sometime this week.

The beginning of fluoridation follows a concerted campaign by anti-fluoride activists, who have staged ongoing protests.

Just last night, Lismore councillor Vanessa Ekins tried unsuccessfully to push for a community poll on the issue, but she only received support from Cs Greg Bennett and Simon Clough, (who was last night elected deputy mayor).

Cr Ekins will now push ahead with a notice of motion for the next meeting of Rous Water, calling on the water authority to stop the fluoridation until until the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has completed the review into reducing fluoride concentrations from 1mg/l to 0.7mg/l.

The Rous Water supply network covers Lismore City Council (excluding Nimbin); Richmond Valley Council (excluding Casino township); and Ballina Shire (excluding Wardell water supply).  In addition, most Rous Water town water customers in these three council areas will also receive fluoridated water.

Anti-fluoride actitivist Al Oshlack said the community had been let down by the Lismore councillors who voted against Cr Ekins motion.

He said the Fluoride Free Northern Rivers group would continue protesting fluoridation, and would be urging people to mark their voting slips ‘no fluoride’ at the next round of local government elections.






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  1. Such knuckleheads, Councilors do not have a mandate over health! Most of the Councilors are of average education and have been hoodwinked into a clearly moot and debatable decision, The Science is clearly not in and running scared of community polling indicates that councilors are playing politics and are clearly concerned they will be exposed for indeed not representing their constituents.

  2. Go to the root cause of this dental matter
    And educate people to do the right thing for
    their own health. People have to be responsible
    for their own and their families health.
    I will look to find an appropriate filter to
    remove fluoride from our water and send council
    the bill. That seems a fair thing.

  3. Hi,

    Just let you know we spoke today to Tom Lloyd, Rous Water’s Dam and Treatment Asset manager, who informed us the Corndale plant was switched on yesterday,

    No notification to public except lies,

  4. Water is so precious. We all have to drink it so why don’t we all get to have a say in this issue? I’m totally against the addituion of fluoride to our water. Let the few who want it , get it for themselves and let the rest of us drink unpolluted water.

  5. This is just dreadful! How can these people take our health into their hands? I’m appalled and disgusted at the high handed attitude of these ill informed “servants of the public”! Of course if one objects one is called a conspiracy nut and with all the brain washed sheeple agreeing to be medicated what hope do we have apart from buying expensive filters ?


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