Fluoride laws change

SOUTH Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann welcomed news the council can cease fluoridating the region's town water supply.

Cr Kratzmann's comments come after Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said the fluoridation of water supplies for townships with more than 1000 people would no longer be mandatory.

Cr Kratzmann said it cost the council $150,000 a year to maintain fluoridation at Blackbutt, Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon and Wondai.

"From the point of view of the council, it is a lot of money to spend on something which isn't utilised very well," he said.

"People in the country really value their water and most homes are fitted with water tanks so the town water is being used mostly on lawns, gardens or animal husbandry."

Cr Kratzmann said he would take the matter to the council's December meeting and recommend removing fluoride from the region's town water supplies.

"It is an ongoing cost and money which the council could better spend," he said.

"I appreciate what the State Government has done. It is a good outcome for the region."

Mrs Frecklington said continued community debate had convinced the government to make amendments to the Water Fluoridation Act 2008, which would restore local control of fluoride management to local governments across Queensland.

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