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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Doreen is 21,923, with a population density of 14.92 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Doreen is bounded by Arthurs Creek Road in the north, Yan Yean Road in the east, Jorgensen Avenue, Yarrambat Park and the Plenty River in the south, and the Plenty River in the west.

Name origin

Doreen was named either for the heroine in The Sentimental Bloke, or in a book by Edna Lyall. Doreen was originally called Hazel Glen.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Some growth took place during the late 1800s, although population remained minimal until after 2001 when the Laurimar estate was developed in the northern section, with growth in the southern section after 2006. Substantial development took place between 2001 and 2006 as large numbers of dwellings were added to the area. Even more rapid development took place between 2006 and 2011, with the population quadrupling during this period. Growth is expected to continue, with significant development to be generated from a number of estates.

Land use

Doreen is a recent and developing residential area, with rural areas in the north, some rural-residential areas, and parklands in the south and west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Plenty Gorge Park, Laurimar Town Centre, Arthur’s Reserve, Doreen Recreation Reserve, Fortress Park, Harrisons View Village Park, Horsley Park, Jorgensen Park, Katandra Community Park, Lauries Field, Laurimar Creek Reserve, Laurimar Drainage Reserve, Laurimar Recreation Reserve, Laurimar Wetlands, Overland Park, Painted Hills Recreation Reserve, Preserve Park, Rothacker Hill, Serle Wetland Park, The Briars Village Park, Timbertop Park, Towerhill Park, Waterdale Village Park, Yangoora Wells Village Park, Mushroom Exchange, Ivanhoe Grammar School (Plenty Campus) and several other schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses the City of Whittlesea part of the locality of Doreen, and a small part of the City of Whittlesea locality of Yan Yean. The remaining part of the locality of Doreen is located in Nillumbik Shire. The remaining part of the locality of Yan Yean is included in the Rural Balance small area.