Monto fluoride issue explained

THE risk of losing critical infrastructure projects in the North Burnett was the driving force behind the North Burnett Regional Council (NBRC) starting the mandatory State Fluoridation project, and Mayor Joy Jensen is hoping the community will understand council’s decision.

“Fluoridation has been mandated by the State Government.

“But they have promised to reimburse council for all costs if we complete the project by December 2011,” Cr Jensen said.

“If we fail to meet this deadline, we put at risk nearly $900,000 which would otherwise be directed to infrastructure projects budgeted for the 09/10 year.

“We just won’t be able to fund such a large gap in our budget.

“We believe the community will understand that council had to make the decision to start the fluoridation project to ensure we meet the deadline,” she said.

When questioned for a list of projects that could be under threat if NBRC failed to meet the deadline, Cr Jensen said she believed it wouldn’t get to that stage.

The State Government has made fluoridation mandatory in towns of 1000 or more, with Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto affected by the state legislation.

The planning and construction of fluoridation plants at these three centres started earlier this month.

“Our Works and Services Department will be working with a consortium including Local Government Infrastructure Services (LGIS), SunWater and Hunter Water Australia,” Joy said.

There will also be some extra work to do in Monto.

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