The merits, or rather lack of, the health benefits of fluoridation aside... the reality of the significance of the initial infrastructure cost and longer term extra maintenance issues of putting corrosive fluoride into water supplies that were never envisaged to accommodate it is well and truly starting to bite for a fight with the Qld gov.
Bundaberg Regional Council, (now an amalgamation of the former Bundaberg City, Burnett Shire, Kolan Shire and Isis Shire) is digging in refusing to spend any money to install fluoridation until the Qld Government agrees on the cost and signs the contract to fund the scheme. They have a bad taste left in their mouth after previous funding arrangements by the Qld gov have been abysmally short and or reneged on.
I'll have to check, but I think there's about 10 independent water supply schemes in the new Bundaberg Regional Council involving the city of Bundaberg, towns of Gin Gin, Childers, Woodgate, Bargarra, Burnett Heads, Elliott Heads and a few other little towns that I'm not sure all have reticulated water.
The big expense is with a separate fluoride injection system for every reticulation system.
With the exception of Bundaberg City all the others are far too small to wear any substantial cost, let alone all of the cost if the Bligh Gov renegs on funding assurances again.