Council supports fluoride

Council supports fluoride

An impassioned address by anti-fluoride campaigner Dr John Ryan failed to sway Lismore City councillors at their meeting on Tuesday night, with Council voting down Cr Ros Irwins motion to oppose fluoridation.

Dr Ryan travelled from Brisbane with the sole purpose of addressing Council, and a full gallery watched the debate. But it seems councillors minds were well and truly made up, with only three councillors Ros Irwin, Vanessa Ekins and John Chant voting in favour of the motion.

Lismore and Richmond Valley Councils both support fluoridation, while Ballina Shire and Byron Council remain opposed.

Carrington Street closure

The part of Carrington Street between Magellan Street and County Lane in Lismores CBD will be closed for reconstruction over the next three weeks, beginning this weekend.

Pedestrian access will not be affected by the closure and the laneway network will still be available via Larkin Lane off Kent Street.

Lismore City Council upgrade project manager, Dean Baldwin, acknowledged the inconvenience but said the closure was vital for the next stage of the $1.3 million upgrade, due to be completed by Christmas.

Mayor Merv King said the upgrade of the street, involving wide paved footpaths, gardens, water features and an avenue of trees, would make it a friendly space for visitors to the CBD.

Citizenship test for Australia?

A free public seminar called Testing Citizenship to discuss the federal governments proposed citizenship test is being presented by Southern Cross Universitys Centre for Peace and Social Justice next Wednesday, October 18.

The federal government recently released its discussion paper Australian Citizenship: Much more than a ceremony and the seminar will look at several issues raised in the paper, particularly the introduction of a formal citizenship test.

The seminar will include four speakers followed by a half hour discussion.

The public seminar will be held from 4.15-6pm in Room Z181 (access via the herb garden from Rifle Range Road).

Refreshments will be served. To RSVP email Rob Garbutt on or phone 6620 3568.

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