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

Anti-fluoride campaigners are calling on voters to consider which of their council candidates support the ongoing fluoridation of water supplies in Ballina and Lismore electorates.

‘Fluoridation has been the most contentious issue in our region with well over 5,000+ petition signatures of objection to an non pharmaceutical grade, unregulated, industrial toxic poisonous waste being dispersed into our public water supply with long term detrimental health affects,’ according to the Ballina Fluoridation Free Network.

‘Silicofluorides and sodium fluoride have never been listed nor approved by the TGA, the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration.

‘With the weight of scientific evidence available from up to date research into the long lasting health side affects of fluoridation it should have been evidence enough for councillors to engage the Precautionary Principal and vote against fluoridation of our public water supply.

‘From freedom of information, we have documented evidence that at least 3 out 5 fluoridation plants in our area have been malfunctioning since the beginning of fluoridation and the levels of fluoridating agent have not been at regulation level of 1ppm.

‘The NHMRC are reviewing whether the level should be lowered to 0.7ppm.  Lismore councillor Vanessa Ekins has put up a motion (at Rous Water) to suspended fluoridation until the results of the review.

The Ballina Fluoridation Free Network sent messages to all the candidates who supplied email addresses.

The following candidates have shown their support for not having fluoride in your drinking water.


Ballina Council Mayor Candidates:

Keith Williams

Ray Karam

Jeff Johnson

Ballina A Ward:

Stephen McCarthy

Nathan Willis

Ray Karam

Ballina B Ward:

Keith Williams

Jeff Johnson

Ballina C Ward:

Therese Crollick

Lismore Mayor:

Vanessa Ekins

Isaac Smith

Greg Bennett

Lismore candidates:

Isaac Smith

Elly Bird

Simon Clough

Greg Bennett

Vanessa Ekins


The Councillors who voted for fluoridation in Ballina were:

David Wright

Sharon Cadwalader

Ben Smith

Sue Meehan – not running

Robin Horden – not running

Paul Worth – not running

Keith Johnson – not running

Councillors who voted against fluoridation were:

Jeff Johnson

Keith Williams

Councillors who voted in Lismore for fluoridation were:

Neil Marks

Matthew Sheibel

Gianpiero Battista

Jenny Dowel – not running

Glenys Ritchie – not running

Graham Meineke – not running

Councillors who voted against fluoridation were:

Vanessa Ekins

Isaac Smith

Simon Clough

Ray Houston – not running
Greg Bennett



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  1. Fluoride cause thyroid problems. Mine was under active. Got away from fluoride and natural fluoride medicine. Now normal without any medication.
    People get mixed up with the natural fluoride in our streams etc and the artificle in our drinking water.
    Go the anti fluoride group.

  2. Thank you to the candidates/Councillors who oppose fluoridation. Let’s hope for a good result and the suspension of fluoridation in NSW.

  3. As a councillor in the now amalgamated shire of Stanthorpe I fought a long an unsuccessful campaign against compulsory fluoridation. Has anyone obtained an actual sample of the stuff they are putting in the water supply and had it analysed in a lab? I’m sure the public would be far less sanguine about fluoridation if they knew exactly what impurities were in the industrial by-product in addition to the fluoride. Teejaycee

    • So educate us all please. Have YOU got a sample? Have YOU had it analysed? Would you care to contribute those results and some actual data instead of fear-mongering and speculation?

  4. go the anti fluoride group i had stopped in ballarat vic in 1980 by the union which was building the plant as 75% of the did not want in the water supply, but much to my surpriise in the last couple of years the naive councilors got into the water like our councilors they never seem to learn anything, i only hope the new lot that are going to be elected in the tweed have some scence to get rid of it out of our water supply

  5. What utter rubbish. The public health benefits of fluoride far, far outweigh the hysterical misinformation spread by conspiracy theorists. I cannot say how disappointed to see this woo being perpetuated.

    • OMG the Conspiracy theory is to think with all the evidence of the harmful effects of water fluoridation, the cost (so far 5 million), the fluorosis epidemic in NSW 20 to 38% of 12 year olds, the environmental and work safety hazards e.g.-the recent spill at Dungog, also the cracked pipe joins at Corndale causing high toxic water into the plant, All this and more,….. because apparently it will prevent cavities in some kids who eat to much sugar and dont clean their teeth……….It’s not a conspiracy theory it is more that our leaders and particularly in Lismore with Mayor Dowell and Cr Neil Marks and the Department of Health Sycophants are actually Snake oil salespersons and we are being forced to pay and swallow

  6. To Jane Turnbull : What has happened to democracy? What about people who are allergic to fluoride? Are you proposing we just wait and see if anyone is adversely affected? By adding fluoride to the water that comes out of our taps, you are making it virtually impossible to avoid. If the government will pay to have every person screened and monitored, it could possibly be considered. Oh but the cost! Rather offer it free to anyone who thinks it will do some good, and give us back our right to choose the cleanest water possible. Nowadays children seldom drink water anyway. Educating them to avoid sugary drinks would do much more good – for their waist lines as well as their teeth.


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