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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Mernda is 20,206, with a population density of 16.81 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mernda is bounded by Masons Road and Hazel Glen Drive in the north, the Plenty River in the east, Wilton Vale Road, Plenty Road and Hunters Lane in the south, and a line running through the suburb of Mernda and Darebin Creek in the west.

Name origin

Mernda is named from an Aboriginal word thought to mean earth and was originally known as Morang, then South Yan Yean.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s when fruit orcharding became prosperous in the area. A small township was established at Mernda in the early 1900s, with land used mainly for dairy farming. Population remained minimal until after 2006. Rapid development took place between 2006 and 2011, with the population increasing more than ten-fold during this period as large numbers of dwellings were added to the area, including the Mernda Villages estate. Rapid growth is expected to continue, including the Berry Lane, Everton Gardens, Fairview Mernda, Renaissance Rise and Settlers Hill estates.

Land use

Mernda is a rapidly developing residential area, with rural areas in the west, and substantial parklands in the south-east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Plenty Gorge Park, Mernda Regional Recreation Reserve, Mernda Recreation Reserve, the proposed Mernda Town Centre, Buttercross Park, Foothills Park, Goulburn Park, Hilltop Rise Park, Homestead Park, Mernda Creek Linear Park, Oval Park, Simon Creek Linear Park, Simon Creek Wetland, Sumner Park, Wilton Vale Wetland, Wombat Corner, Woodland Conservation Reserve, Woodland Waters Recreation Reserve, Mernda Village Shopping Centre and a number of schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses most of the suburb of Mernda, and part of the suburb of South Morang. The remaining part of the suburb of Mernda is included in the Rural Balance small area. The remaining parts of the suburb of South Morang are included in the Epping North - Wollert, Rural Balance and South Morang small areas.