VICTORIA Police have a "dedicated"presence along the Western Highway today.
An operation commenced to remove camps and protesters from restricted areas as highway constructions work continues between Buangor and Ararat.
"General duties police are being supported by units from the Highway Patrol and specialist support units to ensure the safety of all people in the area," a police spokesperson said.
MAKING NEWS ACROSS THE WIMMERA:
"Victoria Police respects people's right to protest peacefully and are there to ensure no breaches of the peace or antisocial behaviour occurs as a result of protest action at the site.
"Officers work hard to provide a safe environment for all people involved in protests as well as the broader community."
The Wimmera Mail-Times has reached out to known contacts within the camp and is awaiting a response.
This morning on Djab Wurrung country the Victoria police arrived and blocked off the entrances to hillside road dobie.— Lucinda (@luc__nda) October 26, 2020
Work is currently being undertaken by the state to remove numerous trees and prevent access to the sight.
This is genocide.
This is cultural destruction. pic.twitter.com/rPUITepojJ
More to come.
January 2019: Western Highway saga: We're not against development
December 2018: Motorists will need to drop to 80 kilometres an hour