More than 300 submissions have been posted on Bega Valley Shire
Councils Have Your Say website on fluoride since it was set up four
Public consultation on the possible extension
of fluoridation to the shires drinking water
supplies closed on Friday, April 7.
The original cut-off date of March 10 was extended by four
weeks by BVSC general manager Leanne Barnes.
The councils manager of water and sewage services, Jim Collins,
said on Tuesday that he was delighted with the response.
About 330 submissions have been received its a great
result, Mr Collins said.
The submissions will now form part of a report to
council. No date has been set for the council vote.
Mr Collins said council had gone out to tender to set up the
Have Your Say website, saying it was beyond councils
Successful tenderer Hunter H2O was a multi-disciplinary water
company, which had conducted the submissions process in a
professional and ethical manner, he said.
Four water supply systems serve communities in the
shire Bega-Tathra, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui and
Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system
Council is in the process of upgrading its water supply
infrastructure, including water treatment facilities, within the
Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supply systems.
As part of the upgrades, council is considering adding fluoride
to these water supplies.
The Bemboka water supply system is not being considered at this
stage, but it may be reassessed in the future if more people move
to the area and it is cost effective.
Mr Collins said council had sent 1400 letters to property owners
whose premises were connected to the shires water supply informing
them of the proposal to extend fluoridation.
He said the proposal also had been advertised in the media and
it had generated a great deal of debate in the community.
Fluoridation was an issue that tended to polarise opinions, with
people who supported it generally less likely to make submissions,
Mr Collins was quoted as saying earlier this year.
About 100 submissions had been received up
until March 10, indicating a last-minute flurry of
submissions from the public in recent weeks.
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