Large-scale operation as authorities investigate potential hazard.
The incident prompted a large-scale response involving the police, Fire Rescue Victoria, and the CFA.
Authorities were contacted about the incident at approximately 9:45 am, leading to the closure of Watton Street between Wedge Street and Bridge Street as emergency personnel swiftly arrived at the scene.
Kim McAliney, a former councillor and assistant to Tim Pallas, was present in the office at the time of the incident. Paramedics checked her over on-site, as the area had been cordoned off by the police for safety reasons.
Recognizing the potential risks associated with the unknown substance, the Werribee CFA supplied chairs to accommodate anyone who might have been affected.
The Hazardous Materials team, along with scientific advisors, were summoned to develop a safe and appropriate response strategy.
Shortly before midday, the response team entered the building and conducted a thorough investigation of the substance through various testing methods.
After careful analysis, it was determined that the white powder was not hazardous, but a malicious hoax, providing a sense of relief to all those involved.
Pallas' office was also targeted in 2021 by Anti-vaxxers
Onlookers have commended the prompt response of emergency services and their ability to handle the situation swiftly and efficiently.
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining vigilance in dealing with suspicious packages or substances and the necessity of a collaborative effort among different emergency response agencies.
The investigation into the origin of the package and the motives behind it is ongoing, with police working diligently to gather information and identify the responsible parties.