Local History

Doreen is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north-east from Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its local government areas are the City of Whittlesea and the Shire of Nillumbik. Doreen.

Patrick Reid settled the area in 1844, calling it “Hazel Glen”. The Post Office opened on 8 December 1870 as Hazelglen and was renamed Doreen in 1895.

Yan Yean is a local Aboriginal name for ‘young man’ (derived from yan yan) in Woiwurrung the local language of the Wurundjeri people.

Yan Yean Road divides Doreen into 2 local government areas:

The western part is mainly comprised of residential housing and is located within the City of Whittlesea.

The eastern part, including Yarrambat and Nutfield, is more rural and located within the Shire of Nillumbik.

Approximately 97 per cent of people living in the suburb of Doreen reside in the City of Whittlesea and 3 per cent reside in the Shire of Nillumbik.

                                                                                                                      Doreen Post Office Store

Snapshot of Doreen

Doreen South Community and Education Precinct:

  • Hazel Glen College – Kindergarten, Junior School, Secondary School
  • St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School
  • Proposed St Paul the Apostle Secondary College – expected to be completed in 2021/2022
  • Doreen Primary School – http://www.doreenps.vic.edu.au/
  • Hazel Glen Child and Family Centre
  • Laurimar Primary School
  • Ivanhoe Grammar – Plenty Valley Campus (located in Mernda)

Painted Hills Recreation Reserve

Currently under construction, will include pavilion and community meeting space,     soccer pitch – natural turf & synthetic turf, field lighting, fencing, coaches boxes, car parking. More info HERE

Doreen Recreation Reserve


Costas Mushroom Exchange – Largest mushroom farm in the Southern Hemisphere.


 Proposed Ashley Park Community Centre

Funded by the state government, the kindergarten is expected to open by 2018 with the opportunity for additional community facilities in the future for maternal and child health, community meeting spaces and a child care centre. A state government primary school is also expected to be developed next door.

Orchard Road Community & Early Learning Centre


Proposed Ashley Park Active Recreational Reserve


Laurimar Community Activity Centre

Laurimar Recreation Reserve

More Info HERE

Laurimar Community Centre

More Info HERE

Doreen Fire Brigade

Doreen Fire Brigade Facebook HERE

Hazel Glen College

Planning and development

Doreen, a rapidly developing residential area located 26 kilometres north-east of Melbourne’s city centre, as of 2015 is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.

The Mernda Strategy Plan 2004 (amended in 2008) provides the planning and design framework for development of the Mernda and Doreen growth area over the next 15 to 20 years.


By 2036 it is estimated that the population of Doreen (within the City of Whittlesea) will increase by about 6,900 from 19,900 (in 2015) to an estimated 26,800 with an increase in the median age over the same period from 29 years to 35 years.

While in 2015 about 25 per cent of the population is aged between 35 to 49, by 2036 there will be a significant increase in the proportion of residents aged over 50.

In 2015, there will be an estimated 471 births (9 per week on average) and by 2036 this is expected to decrease to 441 births per year (8 births per week on average).


In 2015 around 1 in 10 residents speak a language other than English at home with the most common languages spoken being Italian, Greek, Macedonian and Arabic.

Families and households

By 2036 the number of dwellings will increase from about 6,900 to 9,850. For Doreen, the most recent figures show 51 per cent of households are couples with children, 9 per cent are 1-parent households and 11 per cent are 1-person households.


In 2015 the most common occupations are technician and trades workers (18 per cent) and professionals (20 per cent). More residents work in the construction industry compared with any other industry and a higher proportion compared with Greater Melbourne (25 per cent versus 8 per cent).


In 2015, 3 per cent of residents are attending preschool and 12 per cent are attending primary school.

Travelling in and out

Almost eight in every 10 dwellings have access to 2 or more motor vehicles and about 73 per cent of residents drive a car to their place of work.

                                                                                                                                              Doreen Hall

Advocacy priorities for Doreen

Yan Yean Road duplication: Plenty Road, Yarrambat to Doreen

Find out about other advocacy priorities for the whole City of Whittlesea: HERE