Part of a property in Queensland’s rural southeast is being excavated by police following information about concealed child births.

A rural Queensland property being dug up in the search for the bodies of babies has been linked to one family.

Police believe several children were born in secret at the address near Gin Gin, in the state’s southeast, during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Part of the property, west of Bundaberg, is being excavated in the next three days, with homicide detectives and forensic specialists from Brisbane among those arriving at the scene on Monday.

Detective Inspector Mick Dowie of the Cold Case Homicide Unit says a family that previously lived at the address is under investigation.

“There’s one family involved,” he told reporters on Monday.

“We’re conducting an investigation into information we’ve received with regards to what we believe is concealment of a number of child births on a property in the Gin Gin area.

“You can draw your own conclusions from the fact that we’re doing an excavation.”

Det Insp Dowie said police had known about the information, from one person, for some time but he would not say how many infant bodies might be buried at the crime scene.

The police are not asking the public to come forward with information in a bid to protect the identity of the present owners of the property and the family linked to the suspected concealed births.

“We’ll approach the people that we need to speak to,” Det Insp Dowie said.

“Obviously, it’s quite hard to call for members of the public when we can’t actually disclose who we’re talking about.

“It’s quite a sensitive investigation.”