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FORMAL INVITATION: Saturday 15th December, Celebrating the Determination of a Fluoride Free Kuranda community

Posted by [email protected] on December 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

12 December 2012



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.


FORMAL 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,

Sjoerd Aardema


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



Legal: This Letter is written under the Creative Commons Legal Code (CC BY-SA 3.0) and is approved for Free Cultural Works.



Attached: Official Copy of Official invitation Letter, Official Community Announcement flyer, below Community Groups reference list and signatories:*


Friends of the Earth Kuranda (FOE), Sarah Isaacs

Kuranda Coffee Republic, Michael & Belinda and their Patrons

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


FNQ Conscious Media Network


the Far North Transition Alliance


Tablelands CAFE

Kuranda Men shed

World in Transition


* this reference list is still growing and is likely to increase significantly as more groups are still signing on. More info:


Supporters of Transition FNQ Network Regional Vision for the enhancement of environmental sustainability, collaborative resilient community, social prosperity and spiritual fulfillment



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