RE: The debate about putting fluoride in the town water system.
There are some measures about this matter that need discussion.
There has been nothing by council about the estimated cost of initial installation and ongoing maintenance of adding fluoride.
Based on my research and calculations, the percentage of water by the average household for drinking purposes is less than one per cent. If you deduct from this percentage the households who drink bottled water and not town water, this percentage would be considerably less.
This matter could be easily and sensibly resolved by making fluoridated water available through present outlets who supply bottled water to supermarkets, small businesses, clubs, hotels, restaurants, etc at no cost to council or ratepayers.
It cannot be argued that fluoridated water is of no benefit whatsoever to water for baths, showers, washing machines, dishwashers, washing up, hot water systems, toilets, stock water, washing cars, watering lawns and gardens.
Fluoride is a poisonous waste product and anyone who says this is wrong feel free to come forward and publicly drink some fluoride. I doubt that queue will be very long.
If council decides to go ahead with the vote on this matter, I believe any councillor not connected to the town water supply should not be allowed to vote on this matter.
To vote on a matter which I believe could have a detrimental effect on the health and welfare of the population of Oberon, but not themselves, shows disrespect for the Oberon people.
Oberon residents voted 10 years ago not to add fluoride to the water supply.
Council should wait until after the next council election to finalise this matter and follow mayor Kathy Sajowitz and make known publicly how they intend to vote, then you can be sure you will get a fair and democratic vote.