Victorian government buys Deanside school site from Wel.Co

Wel.Co’s Bowery estate (highlighted) is in the recently gazetted suburb of Deanside, about 33 kilometres west of Melbourne.

Wel.Co, the new name for the company established by AFL player turned property developer, Andrew Welsh, has sold a 3.5 hectare piece of a western suburb housing estate to the Victorian government – for a school.

The land forms part of the Bowery project in the three year old suburb of Deanside, formerly part of Plumpton and Rockbank, about 33 kilometres from Melbourne.

With the interim name of Grasslands Primary School, it will accommodate about 500 local students.

Wel.Co development manager Luke Guirguis said the facility is due to open in 2022.

Bowery is also master-planned to include a government secondary school and indoor recreation centre (story continues below).

Deanside is located within the City of Melton, one of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities, also the most affordable.

In 2017 – and to ensure suburb population doesn’t exceed 20,000 – council gazetted 11 new regions, including Deanside, which has Kororoit Creek run through it.

The other new pockets are Aintree, Bonnie Brook, Cobblebank, Fieldstone, Fraser Rise, Grangefields, Harkness, Strathtulloh, Thornhill Park (where Wel.Co is developing a larger estate than Bowery) and Weir Views.

An image of Bowery taking shape last December.
A Bowery marketing image. The precinct is master-planned for a government secondary school, town centre and business complex.

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Marc Pallisco

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