Councillor Katie Milne
Councillor Katie Milne

Fluoride toothache spreads to the Tweed

THE toothache caused by fluoride in Ballina, Lismore and Byron may be spreading to the Tweed.

Tweed has had fluoride in its water supply since the early 1970s, but in a motion to come before council on Thursday, Cr Katie Milne has called for a report into the savings that could be made if it was removed. Cr Milne also wants other options to deliver fluoride investigated including those "in Europe where fluoride is added to certain brands of milk and bottled water".

It comes as Byron, Ballina and Lismore councils grapple with the divisive issue with passionate supporters on both sides of the debate.

In a boisterous meeting this week, Lismore City Council, after a three-hour debate, voted six to five to overturn last month's decision not to fluoridate.

It followed a Sydney tabloid newspaper's recent scathing story and edi- torial attacking the councillors who voted against fluoridation.

The local GP Network and other Lismore doctors also weighed into the debate, urging councillors to reconsider their position, arguing that the area had much-higher rates of children having to have decayed teeth extracted under anaesthetic.

Ballina council also recently revisited and re- affirmed its stance to proceed with fluoride.

Byron deputy mayor Dianne Woods is also calling on Byron councillors to reconsider their previous rejection of fluoride.

A decision by the Fraser Coast in Queensland to discontinue fluoridation is expected to cost about $25,000 and result in savings annual savings of $165,000.

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