Protesters ‘get on the land’ as police drive past their camp

The Djab Wurrung Embassy has lodged a Heritage Protection Emergency Declaration after a tense standoff between police and protesters yesterday.

The embassy is hoping that their request will be granted, giving their site 60 days of protection.

A ‘red alert’ has been shared on the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy’s Facebook page urging people to “get on the land now!!”

Zellanach Djab Mara has been live streaming on Facebook with updates as police drive past their camps, reportedly taking photos.

The Western Highway duplication project was supposed to resume yesterday but protesters didn’t allow machinery to enter the site.

“We’ve been working with Victoria Police to facilitate safe access to the worksite to establish our site compound, however, based on the advice of police we were unable to safely access the worksite today,” Tim Price, Program Director, Major Road Projects Victoria said in a statement.

“We’ll continue to work with Victoria Police to establish our site and commence works as soon as it’s safe to do so.”