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Rous Water has begun fluoridating the region’s water supply despite warnings that protest action will continue.

Rous Water general manager Kyme Lavelle yesterday confirmed that the Clunes dosing plant had been switched on, and the Echonetdaily later learnt that the Corndale plant was also operational.

Plants at Knockrow and Dorroughby are also due to be switched on this week.

The Clunes plant services the village of Clunes while the Corndale plant provides fluoride to the Lismore urban area, the lower river areas to Evans Head, Broadwater, Alstonville, Wollongbar and all the Rous Water town water customers between Corndale and those areas.

The fluoridation of the water supply has begun despite a promise from Rous Water that ‘once the intended dates for activating the plants is decided Rous Water will ensure it is well covered in local media’.

Mr Lavelle did issue a short press release on 1 September saying that final approval had been granted from the Department of Health to commence fluoridation of its water supply, excluding Byron Bay.

Mr Lavelle said fluoridation would commence in the ‘coming week with the four dosing plants being progressively switched on’.

The move to fluoridate has taken place amid attempts by Greens councillors Jeff Johnson of Ballina and Vanessa Ekins of Lismore to have community polls on the issue.

Notices of motions from those councillors were both defeated at recent council meetings, but Cr Ekins, a delegate to Rous Water, is not giving up.

She remains hopeful that fellow Rous delegates will support a motion at the authority’s next meeting on 16 September to ‘suspend the addition of fluoride to the regional water supply until the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has completed the review into reducing fluoride concentrations from 1mg/l to 0.7mg/l..’

On its website, Rous Water says the fluoride would be added at a rate of 1mg per litre to the water supply.

Cr Ekins motion is unlikely to be supported by Rous Water chair Sue Meehan, who described the move in a leaked email as ‘BS’.

Cr Meehan did not respond to a call from Echonetdaily, although Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said the Ballina councillor was ‘mortified’ that the email had been made public.

Cr Ekins told Echonetdaily today that she would proceed with her motion, despite an expectation that general manager Kyme Lavelle maintained it was ‘unlawful’.

‘I don’t believe that is the case and I asked for a legal opinion on that and you saw the response from the chair (Cr Meehan).

‘My motion is not that we don’t add it, it’s calling for the suspension of fluoridation until the levels are determined,’ she said.

Cr Ekins said if the general manager ruled her motion unlawful, she would be lodging a formal complaint against his actions and calling for a full explanation.

She said it was disappointing that delegates to Rous Water had not been informed that the dosing plants were being switched on, and had instead learned they were now operational via the media.

The next Rous Water meeting will be held at 1.30pm in Lismore on 16 September. Anti-fluoride protestors have vowed to attend.

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  1. When did government bureaucrats become qualified to dispense medication (Fluoride) without a license? It is illegal for a doctor or a dentist to force anyone to take a drug. This should be illegal for the government as well.

    Anyone desiring fluoride can add as much as they wish to their own glass of water, but it should not be added to drinking water, which forces everyone to consume it against their will. It affects the brain (lowered IQ), the bones (brittle bones, fractured hips & bone cancer), the thyroid gland, arthritis, etc. . It is linked with Alzheimer’s and Downs Syndrome.

    To confirm that fluoride, hydrofluorosilicic acid, is dangerous, Google “Fluoride dangers” and read a few of the over 1,000,000 articles, many by M.D.’s, dentists and medical scientists.

  2. How can Cr Ekins motion be deemed unlawful when she is standing up for the rights of every individual! Diagnosed with thyroid disease 8yrs ago I have to avoid any product manufactured or contains fluoride (including arsenic cadmium and lead according to the Australian Drinking Water Standards). We have been forced to set up our own water supply because in Melbourne there is no choice for water uncontaminated by these poisons. Since then my thyroid hormones have returned to the normal range and the list of classic symptoms I had of fluoride poisoning have long since disappeared. Cr Ekins well done on standing up for our basic right for clean water!

  3. Poor Clunes and Corndale. Get a water filter. The chemicals used to fluoridate water supplies are largely hazardous by-products of the fertiliser industry and have never been required to undergo clinical trails for safety or effectiveness by any regulatory agency in the world.
    Don’t feed a tiny baby from the tap, breastfeed or buy a water filter.
    A multi million dollar US National Institute of Health (NIH) funded a study that found no relation between tooth decay and the amount of fluoride ingested by children.
    There is not a single process in the body that requires fluoride. We have been duped. Take your kid to the dentist on a regular basis rather than rely on this bizarre violation of your right to informed consent to medication.
    Ingeting fluoride has been found to damage soft tissue (brain, kidneys and endocrine system) as well as teeth (detail fluorosis) and bones (skeletal Fluorosis) There are 24 studies that show a strong relationship between exposure to fluoride and lower IQ in children. Poor Clunes and Corndale. Get a water filter.

  4. Wise people with mature intuition and scientific knowledge, know this is not right. It is one thing to chlorinate the water, but totally different to medicate people. with non specific doses. If I drink 2 litres a day I get 4 X more fluoride than someone who drinks 500mls. When a new local council is elected, soon, this old fashioned scheme will be be eradicated and modern oral hygiene practises will be encouraged and supported..

  5. “Show me a Forced Fluoridation Promoter, and I will show you a Bully, a Liar and a Coward.
    A Bully that wants to unfairly force an accumulating toxin into your water, food and beverages without your consent, for the rest of your life.
    A Liar who spouts lies, saying zero harm results from forced fluoridation, or lies by omission and ignores facts.
    A Coward with no fortitude to tell the public the exact truth of what they put in the water supply, and the harms that can come from ingesting fluoride, and no guts to have serious public debates and information Q and A sessions.
    ‪#‎fluoridation‬ is not wanted. ‪#‎fluoride‬ don’t swallow it, or the lies.
    More info at http://fluoridealert.org/

    The actions of Rous Water proves the correctness of the above statement.
    Rous Water lied when they said they would publicly warn people about when they would turn on the Forced Fluoridation.
    Rous water have no Courage to tell the public the exact truth, of what they put in the water supply, and the harms that can come from ingesting fluoride.
    Where are the Certificates of Analysis of the two toxic industrial waste fluoridation chemicals?
    Where are the MSDSs of the two toxic industrial waste fluoridation chemicals?
    Where are the toxicological studies for the safe ingestion of the two toxic industrial waste fluoridation chemicals?
    Where are the medicals warnings for people who may be hypersensitive to fluoride?
    Where are the medicals warnings for all people who may be overdosed on too much fluoride from all sources?
    Where are the medicals warnings for people who may accumulate too much fluoride over a lifetime?

    You can not put a medical treatment into the water supply, and give zero warnings of any side effects?

    Rous Water, Liars and Cowards? You be the Judge.


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