NSW Health has been working with Gunnedah Shire Council to consider fluoridation of the Gunnedah town water supply.
Council endorsed a recommendation for NSW Health to undertake community consultation regarding the fluoridation process and implementation at its October Ordinary Meeting.
NSW Health says water fluoridation is the process of adding fluoride to a public drinking water supply and that it protects against tooth decay – one of the most common health problems in Australia.
“Over the next two months, NSW Health will provide the Gunnedah community with information about water fluoridation. The community will have an opportunity to have their say through submissions during this consultation process,” Acting Director Infrastructure Services Edward Paas said.
“A fact sheet prepared by NSW Health has already been distributed with Gunnedah Shire’s quarterly rates notices to give our community access to information on the matter. A website with further information and to accept submissions has also been launched by NSW Health to make it easy for our residents to have their say.
“Following the consultation period, NSW Health will prepare a report for Council, and a decision is expected to be made at Council’s December Ordinary Meeting.”
If introduced, this would also apply to the Curlewis water supply following the planned Curlewis Pipeline Project, connecting Curlewis to Gunnedah’s town water supply.
Submissions will be taken until 8 December 2017. For more information or to make a submission please visit www.gunnedahfluoride.com.au
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