Monto Resident says no to fluoride

NORTH Burnett Regional Council (NBRC) is flushing $900,000 down the drain, according to Monto resident Jack Muller.

NBRC has started planning the implementation of the State Government's mandatory regional fluoridation program.

Mr Muller, who is anti-fluoridation, has blasted the push.

“Any Google search will show that fluoride is a poison,” Mr Muller said.

“If people want to take it that should be their choice.

“It is an utter waste of money to put it in to our water supply as close to 100% (of people) drink tank water anyway.

“You might as well flush the money down the toilet,” Mr Muller said.

At the recent NBRC general meeting, the council voted to begin the planning and construction of fluoridation plants at Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto.

Under the State Government legislation, the project is mandatory in towns of 1000 or more.

NBRC Mayor Joy Jensen said the State Government had stipulated the program must be completed by December 2011, with the project's estimated cost between $800,000 and $900,000.

“Although the NBRC must fund the project in the first instance, if we meet the deadline, we will be fully reimbursed,” Cr Jensen said.

“There will also be some extra work to do in Monto, where it was identified in a 2008 regional fluoridation survey, that there may be problems adding fluoride due to the raw water quality.

“There'll be further investigations and a separate proposal for Monto for any rectification works that need to be considered,” the Mayor said, admitting it would cost about half for Monto.

She told Central Telegraph the Monto investigation had started, and was expected to be completed in November.

Former Monto councillor Dolores Fowler backed Mr Muller's claims that household consumption was mostly from rain water tanks. “Haven't we just had a concerted effort by the Government to have rain water tanks installed?

“Why should $800,000 to $900,000 be spent to supply water for sewerage and garden use?”

Another Monto resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said they knew for a fact that fluoride reduced decay having worked in the dental industry for many years.

“With the limited ability of the health system to handle anything but emergencies, wouldn't it be better to prevent issues before they start?

“I am not absolutely sure putting it in our drinking water will work, as most people don't drink the town water. I would however advocate the use of fluoride for our toddlers and children to prevent dental caries.”

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