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UK Against Fluoridation

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Australia - Increased water fluoridation in WA's north opposed by concerned residents

Plans to fluoridate water in the northern West Australian towns of Newman and Kununurra are raising concerns for some residents.

Newman resident Rob Richards organised a social media campaign when he became concerned about introducing water fluoridation to his town's supply.

Mr Richards said fluoridation was potentially toxic and not necessary for dental health.

"If you look at the World Health Organisation data — and this has actually been put into a graph on a pamphlet that's put out by Flouride Free WA — it shows the trend in dental decay is down in all countries, not just the ones that are fluoridated," Mr Richards said.

The WA Government hopes to boost the proportion of the population with access to fluoridated water from 91 per cent to 97 per cent in the next 10 years.

It is planning to fluoridate the water supply of Newman and Kununurra in 2017.

Kununurra resident Danny Carter is opposed to fluoridation which he perceives as forced medication.

"My only concern is that I don't give consent to the Water Corporation to be able to medicate using a chemical, hexafluorosilicic acid, that is a by-product from the fertiliser industry," Mr Carter said.......

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