Fluoride here (cont)

From September 30, 2006, fluoride will be added to the town water supplies in the Bellingen Shire.
From September 30, 2006, fluoride will be added to the town water supplies in the Bellingen Shire.

"All aspects of water fluoridation are being researched continually and claims of links between fluoride and cancer are unsubstantiated."

He said while decay rates fell in the 1970s and 1980s, they were now on the increase, 'mainly because of the increased consumption of sugar'.

"Australians consume 63.5kg of sugar per person each year ? much of it is hidden in foods we buy."

He said both the NSW Cancer Council and the Shires Association endorsed the use of fluoride.

Bellingen Shire mayor, Cr Mark Troy, said the council had sought the community's opinion and presented the views to NSW Health for consideration by their advisory committee.

"Council considered any decision on fluoridation of water supplies should be made by qualified health officials," Cr Troy said.

"I understand that increasing the fluoride levels in water supplies to NSW Health recommended levels will remain an emotive issue for some, however Australia has a long history of fluoridation and scrutiny by Federal and State health authorities."

NSW Health has committed $2 million to fully fund all capital costs of installing the equipment and Bellingen Shire Council will receive $20,000 per year for two years towards ongoing costs.

The fluoride will be added to local water supplies from September 30, 2006.

Nambucca Shire has had fluoridation for many years with an annual cost of $15,000.

In Coffs Harbour there is no definite date for the introduction of fluoridation because it is tied to the new water-treatment plant, due to be built in the next two years.

"Fluoride will be part of the new water plant ? it is pointless to separate the two," Simon Thorn of Coffs Harbour Water said.

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