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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier to support Council fluoridation capital costs

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Premier to support Council fluoridation capital costs

    The Palaszczuk Government will look at reintroducing a capped infrastructure grants program for smaller Councils wanting to introduce fluoride into their drinking water.

    Addressing the LGAQ conference on the Gold Coast, Ms Palaszczuk said a similar program was cut by the Newman Government.

    “I don’t want the infrastructure costs associated with fluoridating water to be a barrier for councils when considering its introduction,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The Newman Government not only left the decision-making on fluoride to local government, but they left the financial burden to local government as well.

    “When the former assistance program was cut, there were numerous councils, including many Indigenous councils, which never had the opportunity to take-up the capital works funding.

    “My Government will look at re-introducing a similar grants program to fund the initial capital works costs for introducing fluoridated water.

    “In the near future, we will finalise the structure of the grants program and consult with interested councils.

    “The program will be capped, with priority given to smaller councils with limited financial capacity to shoulder these costs themselves.

    “Personally, I’m a strong supporter of water fluoridation and the health benefits that come with it.

    “My message to Councils is, if you make the decision to introduce fluoride into your drinking water, we will help you pay for the upfront costs – that is my commitment.”

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