CHARLES Sturt University clinical director Doctor Heather Cameron has recommended Cabonne Shire Council fast-track the process it’s taking to put fluoride in Molong’s water supply, saying council has an “obligation” to do so.
The issue of fluoride in water supplies has reared its head again following claims from Lismore Greens councillor Vanessa Ekins fluoride could impact on the heart and skeletal system.
Dr Cameron scoffed at those claims and added it would be beneficial for Molong residents to have the controlled addition of fluoride to its public water supply.
“I would recommend they did,” Dr Cameron said.
“There’s enough evidence to say it’s beneficial in a controlled dosage.
“Dental care is a big cost on the community and if there’s a measure local governments can take to help prevent some of that cost then I think they’ve got an obligation to do so.”
Following a survey in 2011 by Cabonne Council, 56 per cent of the 298 votes made were in favour of having fluoride added to the Molong water supply.
After the results were made public, council sought the guidance of the NSW Government Office of Water.
It’s still waiting on advice.
“We referred it to the fluoride section (of the NSW Government Office of Water) and they’re now to inspect our water treatment plant in Molong to see if it is suitable,” Cabonne Council’s Dale Jones said.
As yet, the inspection has not happened.
Mr Jones said, since the survey, Cabonne Council has taken measures to ensure the Molong water treatment plant was a facility that meets the specific needs of a site capable of water fluoridating.
A series of upgrades on the plant are currently being completed.
But given voting was “basically a 50-50 split”, council wasn’t in a hurry to change its current policy.
Dr Cameron believes the sooner fluoride is implemented the better.
“People still think tooth decay is no longer prevalent, but I’ve seen kids that need all of their teeth taken out by the age of six.”