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Bridge Inn Hotel, built in 1891
|Elevation||152 m (499 ft)|
|LGA(s)||City of Whittlesea|
|State electorate(s)||Yan Yean|
Mernda is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2016 Census, Mernda had a population of 16,458.
The area was known as Morang and Yan Yean until 1893, when it was renamed Yan Yean South. It was in 1913 that the locality was renamed Mernda, which was derived from a Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) word meaning earth. In 1913, Mernda contained a school, a Methodist church, a Catholic church, a bakery/store, a railway station and a mechanics' institute, as well as the Bridge Inn Hotel. The Post Office opened on 19 February 1875 as Yan Yean and was renamed Yan Yean South in 1892 and Mernda in 1913.
From the early 2000s, the area began being suburbanised with several new estates being constructed. The suburb of Mernda consists of a number of new and developing housing subdivisions offering the new communities of Mernda Villages, Settlers Hill, Everton Gardens, Bridge Inn Rise, Berry Lane, Mernda Ridge, Woodland Waters, Hawkstowe, Riverdale and Renaissance Rise.
A strategic transport plan developed by the Victorian State Government had earmarked Mernda to be 're-connected' to the rail system by 2027; however, the 'South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance' sought an earlier completion date of 2014 due to rising population and congestion in the area. Passenger trains are now running from Mernda for the first time in almost 60 years since Sunday 26 August 2018, thanks to the Alliance's continued lobbying. In 2004, residents formed the Mernda and District Residents Association to lobby for the town to be connected to the natural gas pipeline about to be laid in the area. The group was successful and residents now enjoy this essential service.
Mernda is located 15 minutes' drive to RMIT University Bundoora Campus & approximately 30 minutes to La Trobe University. Mernda has two primary schools; Mernda Primary School and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. The two higher secondary colleges Gilson College, Mernda campus and Ivanhoe Grammar School plenty campus co-educational from Prep to Year 12 are located in Bridge Inn Road in Doreen. Plenty Valley Christian College is also a Prep to year 12 co-educational private school located 5 minutes drive from Mernda. In December 2015 construction of two new government schools began. Mernda Central P-12 College located on Breadalbane Avenue and Mernda South Primary School located on Riverdale Boulevard are slated to open in January 2017.
Mernda is well known for its sporting teams in the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. The Mernda Football Club (The Demons) have a long and very successful history dating back more than 100 years in the Whittlesea District Football League, the Diamond Valley Football League and its successor the Northern Football League. They've played finals football in many of those years and have won 18 Premierships in that time.
The Mernda Cricket Club has also been very successful in the region, playing finals and winning Championships regularly in both the JIKA Cricket Association and the Diamond Valley Cricket Association. After winning the Money Shield in season 2006/07 and making the step to A Grade cricket, Mernda won their very first Barclay Shield in season 2008/09. Mernda also enjoyed success in the lower grades of the DVCA during that season, winning the E Grade premiership.
In the 2011 Census, there were 6,508 people in Mernda (State Suburbs) of these, 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.9% of the population. The median age of people in Mernda (State Suburbs) was 29 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 25.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 3.2% of the population. In Mernda (state suburbs) 28.2% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 33.9% were in primary school, 19.0% in secondary school and 19.3% in a tertiary or technical institution in Mernda (State Suburbs), with 76.1% of people born in Australia.
The most common countries of birth were England 2.9%, India 1.9%, Italy 1.3%, New Zealand 1.2% and Sri Lanka 1.1%.
The 4000 square metre Mernda Villages Shopping Centre is located at the corner of Kalkallo Way and Mernda Village Drive and features a Woolworths supermarket and 10 speciality stores. The centre also includes 180 car spaces and bicycle facilities. Mernda is located just a 10-minute drive to Westfield Plenty Valley Shopping Centre and Pacific Epping.
Mernda Junction Shopping Centre opened in February 2019, and is located on the corner of Plenty Road and Bridge Inn Road. It features a Coles supermarket, Chemist Warehouse, as well as 15 specialty shops, cafes/restaurants and services. A Bunnings Warehouse opened on Plenty Road in January 2019.
The Mernda Villages post office is located on Mernda Village Drive.
Mernda Village Medical & Dental is located along Mernda Village Drive opposite Woolworths. Maternal Health Services is located in the Mernda Villages Community Activity Centre.
Community Activity Centre
Mernda Villages Community Activity Centre, provides an early learning centre, mobile library service. Child care, Maternal Health Services and an array of activities available at the new state of the art Mernda Villages Community Activity Centre. A mobile library managed by Yarra Plenty Regional Library visits the centre.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mernda (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Whittlesea Leader, Alliance renews Mernda rail push, archived from the original on 6 July 2011, retrieved 26 January 2010
- Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, retrieved 15 April 2009
- "Service Timetable". Yarra Plenty Regional Library. 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
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