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Woman arrested after state parliament protest over sacred trees

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State parliament was disrupted yesterday as Indigenous protesters called for the protection of sacred trees along the Western Highway.

The Sacred Womens Birthing Trees along the Western Highway are set to be removed for the highway's duplication between Buangor and Ararat.

Protesters delayed Question Time on Spring Street yesterday afternoon and hung a banner from the gallery, which read "listen to Djab Wurrung".

Two people attached themselves to the balustrates of the gallery's railing and were later removed by authorities, including a woman who glued her hands to the poles and was arrested.

The Djab Wurrung Embassy were sent an eviction letter last week, saying they had two weeks to remove themselves from the land where they have stayed for 13 months to protect the site.

The eviction notice was sent after federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, ruled that the project to expand the highway no longer threatens the area's cultural heritage last month.

Image via Djab Wurrung Embassy - Facebook.