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Indigenous remains found in Victoria will be handed back to Aboriginal elders

Human remains found in western Victoria over the weekend have been identified as Indigenous and will be handed over to Aboriginal elders. Source: VICTORIA'S BIG BUILD

Human remains found in western Victoria over the weekend have been identified as Indigenous and will be handed over to Aboriginal elders.

Human remains found during road works in western Victoria will be given to Aboriginal elders.

Workers found the remains near the Murray Street bridge at Colac on Saturday.

Police were first notified of the discovery at the weekend, but on Monday confirmed the remains were Indigenous and not deemed suspicious.

The remains have since been passed on to Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.

Chair of the council, Rodney Carter, said it was their responsibility to respond to reports of Aboriginal ancestral remains and return them to their rightful owners.

"It is very important to Aboriginal people that their ancestors are left on or returned to country so that they can rest peacefully," he told AAP.

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