Land deal for new Wollert school

The new primary school will be built on land in the Amber estate. (Supplied)

Laura Michell

A new primary school has been slated for construction in Wollert as part of a new housing development.

Developer ID_Land is constructing the Amber estate at the corner of Craigieburn and Vearings roads in Wollert, and has struck a deal with the state government over a future school for the development.

Under the agreement, ID_Land will transfer land for the school to the government in lieu of future Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) payments.

The GAIC requires developers in Whittlesea, Hume, Cardinia, Casey, Melton, Mitchell and Wyndham to pay between $97,360 and $115,640 per hectare for title transfers, subdivisions, building permits and significant acquisitions meeting certain criteria.

Money collected from the GAIC are used to fund essential infrastructure in growth areas.

ID_Land said its agreement with the state government was only the fifth of its kind in Victoria. Previous agreements were struck in Wyndham and Melton.

ID_Land joint managing director Matthew Belford said the developer was proud to be strengthening the amenities of not only Amber, but the surrounding region as well.

“As growth area suburbs like Wollert continue to grow and establish and more young families make the decision to move to Melbourne’s rapidly growing north, it is critical for infrastructure and community amenity to keep up with the pace,” he said.

“We have been delighted to work collaboratively with the Victorian state government to facilitate the transfer of land for the future school; the delivery of a new primary school within Amber will deliver such amenity and ensure the residents of Wollert are serviced by quality education that is close to home.”

The school will be built by the state government on land adjoining a future town centre.

It is not known when the school will be built.