13.2 C
Byron Shire
June 27, 2022

Fluoride activists prepare for court challenge, and party

Latest News

Honours shared in premiership football derby

Byron Bay FC were fourth placed on the Football Far North Coast premiership ladder after a 3-3 draw playing away against Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC in round seven of the competition.

Other News

Byronification

In amongst all those duplexes in Tweed Heads have sprung funky cafes full of hipsters sipping almond-milk chai lattes...

Lismore flood video goes viral

Working with kids in Lismore and Murwillumbah after the floods Byron Bay NGO One Vision Productions delivered two free hip-hop workshop programs to local youths residing in these flood-affected areas.

Enova enters into voluntary administration

The Enova Community Energy Board announced Tuesday that Enova Community Energy and Enova Energy, its retail electricity arm, have been placed into voluntary administration.

Caution when swimming in Ballina Shire

Water samples taken around Ballina Shire indicate its water is ‘good’, but caution still recommended for swimmers.

World Localisation Day, June 25

Everyone is invited to join in celebrating World Localisation Day (WLD), on Saturday June 25 at The Farm in Byron Bay.

Lismore council flirts with ‘koala-killer’ status

The fate of one of the state’s last koala populations appears to lie in the hands of the Lismore City Council after an extraordinary meeting Thursday afternoon.

Anti fluoride protesters outside Rous Water last year.  (Picture Robert Hearne)
Anti fluoride protesters outside Rous Water last year. (Picture Robert Hearne)

Lismore-based anti-fluoride activists are preparing a federal court challenge that they hope will ‘cripple the fluoride industry in Australia’.

But in the meantime, they are having a party on Saturday night to raise further funds for their cause.

Fluoride activist Al Oshlack said the money had already been raised to fund the legal challenge, but more was needed to keep the anti-fluoride movement operating out of their new office space in Lismore.

Mr Oshlack said the Fluoride Free Northern Rivers group had been corresponding with the Therapeutic Goods Administration which had denied that registering fluoride was its concern.

‘Our challenge is that fluoride, which they claim is good for us, is not registered with the TGA nor does it have an exemption,’ he said.

‘They say it’s not up to us if you don’t agree, it’s a court matter.’

Taking that as a challenge, the Lismore based group had engaged a solicitor who has prepared a brief that will be sent to a barrister in February.

The proposed legal action comes as Rous Water’s fluoride dosing plants have been experiencing problems delivering the correct amount of fluoride, set at 1mg per 1000 litres.

Independent testing by the group has shown recent levels to be below that amount.

Tests taken on 26 December contained 0.59mg while tests taken on 6 January contained 0.68mg.

‘They’re trying to get it up to 1mg but every time they do the plant breaks down, ‘ Mr Oshlack said.

‘There seems to be a serious design fault with the Corndale plant. It’s broken down three times now and they have to call outside contractors in to fix it.’

Meanwhile, the group will be holding a fundraising evening at the Tatts Hotel in Lismore on Saturday night.

The Fluoride Free NR benefit gig will be headlined by Twin City Riot, a punk rock band from the Gold Coast.

Other bands Atomic Monkey Chunks, SLUG, Melted Couch, Black Ghost Party and Gruntus and Friends.

The evening begins at 7.30pm.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Remember, if the arguments against fluoride were so good , you would think they would stand up to public scrutiny on their own merit, without legal help. Or threats of. If they have to take legal action to pass them, it is obvious they are not.
    That could be why they have appointed a lawyer in charge
    And also if the arguments against fluoride were so good,The illnesses and associated medical problems that fluoride is supposed to cause, at .7PPM, would have well and truly been investigated in the 70 years of its use, And what do we find as real evidence that will sway the authorities. Nothing

  2. Chris Price, I wonder who you work for. Most uninformed person. MOST developed countries STOPPED poisoning their citizens with this hideous S6 neurotoxin a long time ago.

    The SCIENCE is IN! Not the deliberately misleading marketing claims from the 50s, but rather RECENT UP TO DATE SCIENTIFIC FACTS.

    This product, scrapped from industrial flues in China, packaged up with CLEARLY MARKED CROSS AND BOW = POISON and shipped to the last die hard idiot decision makers who have their heads burried in antiquated propaganda and who deem it appropriate to take the generally highly valued (in democracies) FREEDOM OF CHOICE AWAY from us all, by DICTATING what goes into our water! ! Of ALL THINGS, our WATER!!

    Hello. …. I wouldn’t care if it is the brightest idea since sliced bread, I make MY OWN CHOICE what to ingest. Not the government. 1984 much.

    • And this product that comes from China, with all the approved safety indicators on the bag of concentrate must pass all the international regulations for purity and contaminates, before it is used in Community fluoridated drinking water
      So all that is done is adjust the level of fluoride {that is already there} to .7PPM.
      Nobody is stopping you from making a choice. you just want everybody else to go along with your choice And that is just the selfish way the activists try and promote there agenda.
      Fluoride in drinking water does not have any danger to human health and has been proved as such for 71 years, If you disagree show the case histories of some of the hundreds of millions of people who have had the advantages of CFW.Also the fluoride ion mixes with the ions already in drinking water, and cannot be detected at the tap, so their is no case for anything added to the water

      • Chris Price, there is NO proof that it is safe. It’s hardly freedom of choice if you have to install tanks and rely on rainwater to exercise it. Expensive filters work but you can’t put all of your shower water through a filter, and some people can’t even bathe in the sh*t or they get ulcers. I know several people who are seriously affected by fluoride, but to you and your ilk, they are just collateral damage to be ignored. State Health Depts don’t want to know about them as they are an embarrassment. Fluoride is harmful but its effects vary with the sensitivity of the victim.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

You may have missed… mangroves’ carbon storage potential, smart implants, and twitter misinformation

Mangrove forests are massive carbon sinks, capable of storing over 1,000 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

Local triathletes claim another title

The Byron Bay Breakers Triathlon Club has won the North Coast Interclub series for the second time after finishing on top of the table ahead of the Clarence Valley Stingrays and Hat Head Hammerheads.

Lismore City Council votes against land-swaps and buybacks

The Lismore City Council has voted against asking the federal government and NSW Northern Rivers Reconstruction Commission [NRRC] for prioritised land buybacks and swaps after devastating floods earlier this year.

Casino teenager charged with murder

An 18-year-old Casino man is to face Lismore Local Court today charged with murder.