News

Anti-fluoride campaigner pulls out of forum planning

Water dripping from tap.
Water dripping from tap. Brett Wortman

PRO-FLUORIDE activists have criticised the council's upcoming meeting, saying anti-fluoride campaigner Terry Farrell has been involved in planning it.

An administrator of the Bundaberg - Say no to fluoride Facebook page has posted a comment saying they were "no longer involved in the organising of the Mayor's fluoride forum".

"Although we support the event 100% it is best if we are not directly involved, to prevent any allegations that we may have an unfair influence on the Bundaberg Regional councillors, affecting possible outcomes of this issue," the administrator of the Facebook page said.

The meeting is being held by the council as a fluoride forum at which people from both sides of the debate can have a say.

When the information about the organisation of the fluoride forum first emerged after the pro-fluoride information session on Friday, Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said Mr Farrell had not been involved in the planning of the forum and that he had planned it on his own.

"I'm organising that [the forum]," Cr Forman said. "He approached me about it and I said it's something I already planned on."

As of last night, no pro-fluoride speakers had agreed to come to the event, said a council spokesman, although approaches have been made.

"Not yet, no," the mayor said on Friday when asked about confirmation of speakers from the other side of the debate.
"I'm just waiting to hear back," said Cr Forman on Friday.

However, two anti-fluoride speakers, John Ryan and Merilyn Haines, are lined up.

Mr Farrell on Friday said he had arranged the fluoride meeting but later handed the reins over to Cr Forman.

"I was just involved in the initial stages of the setting up," he said.

"I thought we really needed to try to have a meeting with a balanced approach."
 

Topics:  council, fluoride




Big smack: Macca's car park bingle

McBingle: A minor collision in the McDonalds car park on Targo St. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail.

P-plater hits car in drive-through

UPDATE: Police investigate crash that killed man, 58

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Sam Mac sings a weather report for Bundaberg

MORNING SONG: Sam Mac creates a song for the Booyal Central State School in the Seven Sunrise weather cross.Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Live from from Booyal Central State School

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

Sam Mac sings a weather report for Bundaberg

MORNING SONG: Sam Mac creates a song for the Booyal Central State School in the Seven Sunrise weather cross.Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Live from from Booyal Central State School

Coming up on your TVs this September...

Don't miss A Place to Call Home as season four launches this September.

HERE'S a sneak peek at what's coming up on Foxtel.

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Bunnings starts demolition of historic foundry buildings

SAWTOOTH GONE: Demolition of Foundry sawtooth shed to make way for new Bunnings building.

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale