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Clearly fluoride is good for you

glass of waterFor over 50 years fluoridated water has proven to be a safe and effective way to reduce tooth decay in towns and cities in Australia and overseas. It's good for your teeth and for the health of Queenslanders. For more information about fluoride, ask your dentist or doctor or visit the Australian Dental Association website. You can also phone 13Health (1343 2584)

See the television ad announcing the introduction of water fluoridation in South-East Queensland:

We want your teeth to be in a better state

For many years the rest of the country has known that fluoridated water is a safe and effective way to reduce dental decay. From December 2008 South-East Queenslanders will begin to have fluoride on tap.

Image of Australia with percentage of the population with access to water fluoridation

Water fluoridation will be phased into water treatment plants in the following local government areas (incorporating the new boundaries). Please note, children do not require fluoride tablets when water fluoridation is introduced to your water supply. Check the map for South-East Queensland and timeline for Queensland below.


December 2008
From 1 December  fluoride will be phased in to the following water supples:
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council: areas south of the Maroochy River, Maroochydore, Caloundra and the Railway towns
  • Brisbane City Council: all suburbs
  • Ipswich City Council: all suburbs
  • Logan City Council: all suburbs
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council: only Warrill View
  • Redlands Council: all suburbs
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council: all suburbs
  • Gold Coast Council: all suburbs.

54% population coverage

31 December 2009
  • SEQ minor water treatment plants
  • Gold Coast desalination plant 
  • Indigenous communities
  • Commencement of Cairns (partial), Gladstone (partial), Mackay(partial), Rockhampton(partial) and Toowoomba (partial)

80% population coverage

31 December 2010
  • Completion of Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Fraser Coast, Gympie, South Burnett and Southern Downs  
  • Continue Toowoomba.

83% population coverage

31 December 2011
  • Blackall - Tambo, Central Highlands, Dalby, Goondiwindi, Hinchinbrook, Longreach, Mt. Isa, Murweh, North Burnett, Rio Tinto (Weipa), Tablelands and Whitsunday.

92% population coverage

31 December 2012
  • Balonne, Banana, Barcaldine, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Cassowary, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Flinders, Isaac, Paroo, Roma and Winton
  • Completion of Toowoomba 

95% population coverage

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Last Updated: 22 January 2009
Last Reviewed: 19 September 2013