Victoria’s chief health officer has ruled out the possibility of a referendum on the introduction of fluoride into the Mildura region’s water supply.

Mildura Rural City Council had been asked to find out from the State Government if a referendum is possible.

Dr John Carney says it is State Government policy and part of the National Oral Health Program to introduce fluoride which is safe and effective.

“Well we haven’t conducted a referenda on the issue of fluoride in any other parts of regional Victoria, so I really don’t see the need for it in the Mildura area,” he said.

“Certainly with the introduction of many other public health programs, we don’t conduct referenda on these.”