FORMAL INVITATION: Saturday 15th December, Celebrating the Determination of a Fluoride Free Kuranda community
12 December 2012
BARRON RIVER ELECTORATE OFFICE
Unit 7, Stanton Place, Captain Cook Highway
PO Box 1014, Smithfield Qld 4878
Dear Honourable Members of Government,
To: Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) Mayor Rosa Lee Long , TRC Council CEO Ian Church
all Tablelands Regioinal Council Councilors
Members of Queensland Parliament Michael Trout and Shane Knuth
To: Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC Governor of the State of Queensland
All Commonwealth Parliament Queensland Senators and Members of the House of Representatives,
Honourable Premier Campbell Newman
To: Cairns Regional Council (CRC) Mayor Bob Manning and all Cairns Regional Council Councilors
Cassowarry Coast Regional Council Mayor Bill Shanon, all C.Coast Regional Council Councilors
Cook Shire Council Mayor Peter Scott and all Cook Shire Council Councilors
cc: All Queensland Government Council Offices,
All local Far North, Tablelands and Cairns Regional Media contacts
bcc: 1833 People from our Tablelands Regional community,
75 Local Community Interest Groups, 13 Queensland wide Community Interest Groups,
local Businesses, community media networks and their Patrons
Advance Copy via E-mail; hard copy to follow in the post addressed to Michael Trout and Shane Knuth as Members of Parliament for our Region.
OFFICIAL INVITATION: Saturday 15th December, Celebrating the Determination of a Fluoride Free Kuranda community
To the Honourable Senators, Premier, Governor-General, State Governor, Members of Parliament, Council Mayors and respectable Councillors,
On behalf of our Tablelands community we write to you today to inform you of the official meeting and celebration that will take place on the 15th of December, 2012 in Kuranda, in regards to the recent amendments made to the Water Fluoridation Act 2008 legislation. As all Government representatives, citizens, community groups, community media networks and local media receiving this letter are officially invited to this meeting, we believe that this will be an important public event for the State of Queensland, her Government and her Local Government representation.
Since the recent legislative change has taken immediate effect, our local Council has decided to rightfully lead by example. We as a Regional Community representation group thus feel it now is our responsibility and obligation to ensure that proper public acknowledgement and appropriate honor is given to all Government Representatives that were instrumental and responsible for ensuring that the WILL OF THE PEOPLE of Kuranda was acted upon as per the MANDATE they delivered.
Our Peoples MANDATE process started the 3rd of June 2011 in Kuranda and was delivered on July 24th 2012 in Kuranda to Local State Parliament Member Michael Trout. Supported and witnessed by our local Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Rosa Lee Long, Councilor Jenny Jensen and respected leaders in our community, our local MP took the process of the MANDATE further.
We are pleased that our Local MP’s, Michael Trout and Shane Knuth, in the knowledge of written electorate support have whole heartedly agreed to exercise their Legal Function as a Member of Parliament, which is TO FREELY ADVISE the Queen in the government of the Country, according to the clearly expressed will of the people, on any matter or thing. This Legal Function is to legislate the will expressed by the people and we wish to thank them for honoring their Duty of Care and that of their Parliament.
We, the people, see the recent amendments made to the Fluoridation Act 2008 as a direct result of the People of Kuranda MANDATE delivery. We have made a condensed video report so you can watch the story of what happened.
We all are aware that as per Australian Constitutional Law the system of Parliament is to make laws for the people, with the clear implication that those laws will reflect the WILL of the people. On the subject matter of those laws, we have, as per those legal implications, a lawful duty and obligation to keep our Members and Senators fully informed about what our WILL is upon any issue or matter that comes before them in their Houses of Parliament, or that should come before them.
We see that all this has come to pass in the Process of our Peoples MANDATE and we wish to ensure that proper and official recognition is given to our Government for fulfilling her role in this important regional community issue and making the fluoridation of our domestic water service a local matter again.
We wholeheartedly encourage all members of Government included in this letter to raise this issue within their own Council and Legislative District. Informed consent has long been promoted as a standard in all health related policies, regulations, charters and legislation across Australia. The process of halting fluoridation in any Council is simple, the financial savings for each Council a great incentive. The opportunity is here now for all Councils across Queensland to lead the way in the engagement process with their constituents on this issue and in that follow through on the process that has already been legislated.
As a Regional Community representation Group for Far North Queensland we see that the 15th of December Fluoride Free celebrations will become a Queensland wide community calling. Our neighboring Councils (Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and the Cook Shire) are being engaged on this issue as we speak. Alongside all this 31 MP’s in Parliament already want fluoride out of the Queensland water and a recent public opinion poll by the Australian’ newspaper made clear that 59,84% of the people state that fluoride should be removed from Queensland water.
In all openness we now properly place before you these matters and we trust that you shall honestly, impartially, and searchingly examine these matters with unbiased judgment, and vote according to your conscience and your sense of legal responsibility. Above all we welcome you, of course, to come and celebrate with us on the 15th, either physically or in spirit.
Be sure to know that we are in great support of your work and ongoing efforts to serve the People of the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland as a whole. We admire the work that goes into the governance you provide us with.
We are available for communications with you on the issues expressed in this letter with you at any time convenient to your schedule [email protected] – 0488552671 -
Have an inspired day,
Project Leader: Recharge Kuranda Transition Town Community Center
Campaign Representative: Fluoride Free Kuranda Campaign
Steering group Member: Tablelands Against Fluoridation Group
Project Coordinator: Transition Far North Queensland Network
E: [email protected]
M: 04 88552671
Hannah Wattel (Coco Nut Mama)
Campaign Leader and Founder: Tablelands Against Fluoridation Group
Campaign Representative & Mandate coordinator: Fluoride Free Kuranda Campaign
Steering Committee Member: Kuranda and Tablelands Community Activist Network (CAN)
E: [email protected]
M: 04 05064488
Attached: Community Groups reference list and signatories:*
Friends of the Earth Kuranda (FOE), Sarah Isaacs
Kuranda Conservation, Jax Bergersen
Recharge Kuranda Community Transition Centre, Sjoerd Aardema
Kuranda & Tablelands Community Action Network (CAN), Kim Stedman
Tablelands Against Fluoridation, Hannah Wattel
Transition FNQ Network, Scott White
Permaculture Cairns, Janet Millington
Permaculture Kuranda, Robert Virginie
RealFood Network, Chris Gloor
Atherton Tablelands Home Ed Network & Support (ATHENS), Belinda Moore
Enviro Care, Cathy Retter
Kuranda Sprouts Seedsavers, Jill and Rick
Eradicate Ecocide Campaign Action Network, Polly Higgins
L.E.T.S Kuranda, Twiggy Bently
Chemical Free Treeplanting Group Koah, Lisa
Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream Symposium, facilitators group FNQ, Roland Smith
Cairns Coconut Culture, Alexander Gall, Christian Luck
Ballintaggart, Bood Hickson
Para Pachamama Spiritual Centre, Melissa Schulz
Frog Decline Reversal Project (FDR), Deborah Pergolotti
Tablelands Lightworkers’ Circle, Clive Walters
Mums & Dads Playgroup Kuranda
Kuranda Homeschool Group, Lisa Hart
Kuranda Community Peace Gardens, Matthew Marsh
Cairns and District Beekeepers Association, Trish Green
Co-creating a Fluoride-Free Queensland, John Ackland, Atherton
Malanda Drum Circle, Clive Walters
Propa Earth Biodynamic Consultancies, Wayne Rankine
Kuranda Coffee Republic, Owners Michael & Belinda , Staff and Patrons
The Herbal Gypsy, Malanda, Owners Jenny & Gary, Staff and Patrons
Bamboo Solutions FNQ, Rob Swain Jules Hartmann
Malanda Drumming Circle, Clive Walters
Yungaburra Drumming Circle, Elizabeth Moldenhauer
Kuranda Drumming Circle, Coco Nut Mama
Alternative Technology Association, Daryl Douglas
Whole Foods Up North Co-Op, Henny Beckert
Malanda Spiritual Awareness Group
Movies That Matter, Malanda - Scott White
Homeschoolers, Hayley Buchanen
Prevention is Cure, Emma Lodge
Kuranda Community Hub Bread Club, Roland Smith
My Habitat Products, Malanda, Carmel Pacey
Just Gorgeous, Jill and Luke Melody
* this reference list is still growing and is likely to increase significantly as more groups are still signing on. More info: www.rechargekuranda.org
Fluoride Free Kuranda Festival on the 15th of December 2012
9:00am until 4:00pm
Original Rainforest Markets Kuranda
YOU, YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS are invited to join and make happen the Celebration of our shared community success!
Successfully Funded: Yarrabah Elder Gathering Crowdfunder
PERMACULTURE PROJECT IN YARRABAH - GLOBAL ELDERS GATHERING ASSISTANCE
World's indigenous leaders converge on Yarrabah for Cairns eclipse
Eyes on the eclipse: Elder Bob Patterson says he is honoured to share his land and stories with more than 120 indigenous leaders who will converge on a Yarrabah beach to mark next week's solar eclipse. Picture: STEWART McLEAN.
"It's time to come together to celebrate all of our positive wins and take a moment to remember where we have come from."
A dedicated mixed crew of Permaculture Kuranda, Cairns, Townsville and the JCU Permaculture Society members have taken on a request to assist the Traditional Owners and indigenous community of Yarrabah to design, develop and build according to Permaculture Principles the infrastructure and accommodation structures for all the people attending the elder gathering in November of 2012 on Wungu Beach, Yarrabah, Far North Queensland, Australia
On November the 15th a Solar Eclipse is taking place over Far North Queensland. the Council of Elders of Yarrabah have called for a gathering of elders and are asking the global and local community to assist them to bring this gathering into full expression.
We are honoured to be asked to bring Permaculture to the Yarrabah community for this event and we call on you to help us offset the cost logistics, sourcing of materials and equipemnt that is involved in this unique project.
DRUM UP SUCCESSFUL - 3 TRC TOWNS HEARD
"This was more than we expected", across the Tablelands 3 Townships' parks were Occupied by peaceful members of our broader community. together with their Councilors, MP's and Mayor we all came together to "change the Dream." Now we do not only have openness and support on behalf of our TRC and MP's to forge forward as a connected community, we have proven that our VOICE is STRONG and our MANDATE is heard: Undo Fluoridation in our Waters, it is un ethical, un constitutional and least important yet significant to some un economical. --> Go to Latest News
DELIVERING OUR MANDATE
Please become an informed part of our MANDATE, download or READ MORE on the Constitutional Rights and Duty upon which our MANDATE is Based. --> Go to Peoples Mandate Page
Also we are now furthering the agenda with our Council and Local M.P.'s to undo fluoridation all together in the TRC Region. THANK YOU for supporting our Cause and Voice your concerns. Keep siging the Mandate online: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-kuranda-s-peoples-mandate-to-halt-mandatory-flu/sign.html
HITTING IT UP - MANDATE ONLINE
Thank you everyone for your ongoing concern , support and activism for this cause. Especially a great thank you to Hannah who has held the space for this cause since the first mention of Mandatory Fluoridation was shared in the TRC region.
Visit the Fb group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/notofluoridation/
POST YOUR PAPER PRINTED MANDATE to:
c/o Sjoerd Aardema
30 BarronFalls Road
calling for positive change: action required
This community campaign is made possible by everyone's participation. Yet we would specifically like to thank:
(Your Mandate Letters are available at:)
- Kuranda Health and Healing
- Speewah Mini mart
-Kuranda Tyre and Mechanical
- Dangles ‘n Didges,(Dwayne & Hannah)
- Kuranda Coffee Republic
- Kuranda WholeFoods Store
HOW WE CAN SUCCEED:
- Sign the mandate letter at one of the locations listed below.
- Take Action. Get more MANDATE SHEETS and door-knock in your area, street or meeting group.
A MANDATE FROM KURANDA:
HOW IT WORKS:
A democratic government must obey the people they represent.
Professionals call out to halt Fluoridation
Dr Andrew Harms BDS (Adel) SA (Past President, Australian Dental Assn. S.A.)
“Water fluoridation is out dated and unsafe. Decay rates have declined in developed countries for the past 35 years with or without water fluoridation. The disclosure recently that the fluoridation chemicals include 1ppb arsenic has shocked me. The Australian Dental Association has failed to take seriously the health risks raised in the NRC 2007 Report. The recent warning bulletin issued by the American Dental Association for mothers NOT to use fluoridated water to reconstitute infant formula should not be ignored. Fluoride is not a miracle. 50% of the fluoride ingested is retained in the body, especially in the bones. When the rates of tooth decay are corrected for the one year delay in (permanent) tooth eruption the myth of fluoridation is exposed... In 2005 the EPA (USA) Unions, representing thousands of scientists and toxicologists, issued a petition to Congress to stop water fluoridation immediately. (Read More on this Project)
Nicole Foss coming to FNQ.
Members of the Transition FNQ Network are launching a community outreach project to help fund Nicole Foss' tour in the Far North region. It was found that the many cost incured should in this time of social and economic transition not be carried by one group or a few individuals. "It is time that we enable our entire community to partake in the funding of these important community causes. When we share and open up the opportunities for others to contribute and partake in making events like this happen we are truly working towards a broader levels of community resilience and that is exactly what we need to start doing right now." says Sjoerd Aardema who leads the Transition Community Center Initiatve in Kuranda.
People are invited to share amongst their networks, friends and family the calling for a community based support effort to bring Nicole Foss' tour a greater success. People are given the opportunity to donate and invite other to this unique cause. The Transition FNQ Network has been looking to consolidate the shared efforts that so many different groups and networks in our region are working towards continuously and they are hoping that through this tour a real network of connections will be established. (read more)
Official opening of mural
At Recharge Kuranda Kuba Fiedorowicz has been working for months on one of his biggest artworks, the Mural; Family of Light. On December the 3rd we will have an official opening of this magnificent artwork! Combined with artworkshops, community soup kitchen, live music, family fun and films we are gearing up to one of the greatest celebrations since the launch of Recharge Kuranda as a Transition Community Hub. (Read More)