Moss leads anti-fluoride backlash
RALPH MOSS wants to form a citizens and ratepayers' association to stop Ballina's water supply being fluoridated.
A staunch anti-fluoridation protester, Mr Moss says Ballina Shire Council's decision to add fluoride to the water is in breach of Section 5 of the Commonwealth Act and Section 109 of the Australian Constitution.
The Ballina resident claims council broke the law by failing to properly consult with the community.
Ballina mayor Phillip Silver rejected Mr Moss's claim, saying the council had engaged the community sufficiently and it was now up to NSW Health to make the final decision.
Mr Moss said fluoride was a poison. “My primary problem with Ballina council introducing fluoride into the water supply is the health hazard it will pose to the community,” he said.
“When fluoride gets into the bloodstream it enters the pineal gland and the pituitary gland, which control the glandular systems. It can be the start of cancer.
“I personally suffer with hyperthyroidism, so I have flat-red blood formation, which means if I ingest fluoride I suffer from headaches.”
Cr Silver said NSW Health knew the risks involved with water fluoridation and would come to the right decision.
“Council has resolved to advise the Department of Health of our desire for fluoridation of Ballina's water supply,” he said.
“There are currently discussions going on between Rous Water and the Department of Health. The shires of Richmond Valley, Lismore City and Ballina Shire have all indicated their desire for fluoridation to the department and are discussing how and when it will occur.”
Cr Silver said that children's dental health would benefit greatly from the decision.
Mr Moss is calling for residents to attend a meeting at the Ballina RSL Club on Monday, from 6pm. The meeting will discuss the formation of a citizens and ratepayers' association with the initial goal of blocking fluoridation.
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