‘No to fluoride’, say residents.
A public consultation and forum has been held in the south-west WA region of Bunbury, as residents voice their concerns about plans to introduce fluoride to the water supply in 2023.
The Fluoride Free Bunbury group gathered on Tuesday to discuss dangers of the hydrofluoric toxin, with a panel of speakers presenting to the crowd at the Hudson Road Family Centre.
Local residents say there is no sound reason for the plans to alter their drinking water, and have been campaigning for months for local authorities to consider their information and reverse the decision.
Surrounding community Dalyellup has already received fluoridated drinking water via the Water Corporation in June, with Bunbury set to follow mid-next year from water company, Aqwest.
It was announced during the pandemic period, early last year, that the moves would begin across the 2022-23 period, bringing the communities “in line with Perth and most of the rest of Western Australia”.
WA’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Andrew Robertson, welcomed the forthcoming fluoridation, describing it as an “important milestone” for the communities.
“Fluoridation is an important preventative health measure that improves the oral and overall health of populations.”
Extensive research over the years, including the acclaimed documentary Fire Water: Australia’s Industrial Fluoridation Disgrace, have highlighted concerns with industry practices and human health.
Specifically, dangers associated with ingesting and absorbing fluoridated water on a regular basis.
WA has one of the more extreme fluoridation state policies, covering 92 per cent of the population.
WA authorities cite a 2016 Department of Health study reportedly found that children living in unfluoridated areas of the south-west of Western Australia were more likely to have poor dental health than those living in the fluoridated Perth metropolitan area.
The community says they will keep fighting ahead of 2023.
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