Property prices around Melbourne’s western suburb of Werribee is expected to be driven high with the proposed $20 billion China-backed Australian Education City should the State Government agree to the development.

The project, over 400 acres of greenfield land at East Werribee, is forecast to bring 80,000 new residents and 50,000 student, according to Savills’ Julian Heatherich.

He said there is no project that really compares with the scale of this proposal save for South Australia’s ill-fated Multi Function Polis of the 1980s.

“Perhaps the difference is that the AEC would be located 20 minutes from Melbourne’s well-established and highly successful education sector, now the world’s fourth most popular student destination,’’ he said.

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