Derri bomb blast: Second community meeting planned

POLICE will hold another community meeting in Derrinallum on Monday night to outline the progress in clearing the blast site west of the town.

Acting Superintendent Paul Ross said work to make the Hamilton Highway property safe was "slow, complex and arduous" but going according to schedule.

He said controlled detonations had taken place in the exclusion zone yesterday afternoon and they would continue today and tomorrow.

Police advise there is no threat to the public from the detonations.

"We're getting to our targets each day and we've been fortunate because of good weather."

Acting Superintendent Ross said the road was still blocked around the site and he expected the closures to continue into next week.

"We understand the inconvenience and we've really been impressed with how the community has supported us in our work.

"It's a particularly difficult inquiry because of the length of time and it's nature.

"We'd like to thank the community because the support they've shown has been really terrific. It's a really strong community and we're rapt with the response."

Acting Superintendent Ross said anyone needing help with specific issues, such as gaining access to stock within the exclusion zone, should contact him at the Warrnambool police station.

"We've done that on a case-by-case basis on a couple of occasions."

The meeting will be held at the Derrinallum Public Hall at 7.30pm on Easter Monday.

Meanwhile, the Country Fire Authority has begun issuing updates on its website to keep the public updated about road closures and the controlled explosions.

The highway is closed between the intersections of Darlington Road and the Camperdown-Lismore Road. Detours are in place via Camperdown for those travelling through the location.

The Derrinallum township is accessible to local traffic only.

People who can help police with investigations into the incident which occurred overnight Friday are being encouraged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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