Local History

Mernda means young girl (derived from murnmurndik) in Woiwurrung the local language of the Wurundjeri people. By 2036 it is estimated that the population of Mernda will increase by about 68 per cent from 16,800 (in 2015) to an estimated 28,200.

Located 30 kilometres north-east of Melbourne’s city centre, Mernda is a rapidly developing residential area of around 17 square kilometres. As of 2015, it is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.

When fully developed, Mernda will accommodate over 30,000 square metres of retail space for supermarkets and shops and around 80,000 square metres for commercial use for offices, small businesses, medical facilities, gym and child care.

Europeans settled in the 1840s; the land was mainly used for dairy farming. Early industry included a unique concentration of flour mills along the Plenty River.

The post office opened in 1875 and parts of the original school, Methodist church, bakery/store, hotel, railway station and Mechanics’ Institute still stand.

In the early 1900s there were many dairy farms in Mernda that supplied milk to Melbourne.

the Bridge Inn, Mernda

Key Features

    • Mernda Off-Leash Dog Park
    • The Bridge Inn Hotel
    • Mernda Village Shopping Centre
    • Mernda Cricket Club
    • Jindi Family And Community Centre
    • Rail Extension to Mernda
      The State Labor Government is currently in the process of extending the South Morang train line to Mernda. The project is being led by the Level Crossing Removal Authority and is expected to be operational in 2019.

Local Schools

Mernda Primary School


Ivanhoe Grammar – Plenty Campus

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Mernda


Gilson’s College – primary & secondary

Plenty Valley Christian College

Mernda Central College


Mernda Parks Primary School

Mernda Village Community Activity Centre

Mernda Village Community Activity Centre


By 2036 it is estimated that the population of Mernda will increase by about 68 per cent from 16,800 (in 2015) to an estimated 28,200, with an increase in the median age over the same period from 29 to 35.

By 2036 the largest age groups are expected to be 35 to 49 year-olds followed by 50 to 59 year-olds.

Mernda has the third largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the municipality, behind Whittlesea Township and Epping.


In 2015, there will be an estimated 403 births (eight per week on average) and by 2036 this is expected to increase 472 births per year (nine births per week on average).


The most common languages spoken other than English are Italian Macedonian and Greek and the most common country-of-birth other than Australia include England, India and Italy.

Families and households

By 2036 the number of dwellings will increase from about 6,200 to 10,500; 39 per cent of those households will be couples with children, down from the 2015 figure of 44 per cent.


In 2015 the most common types of occupation are professionals (18 per cent) and technicians and trades workers (18 per cent). More residents work in the construction industry compared with any other industry.


In 2015, 3 per cent of residents are attending preschool and 10 per cent are attending primary school.

Travelling in and out

In 2015, 72 per cent of dwellings have access to 2 or more motor vehicles and 73 per cent of residents drive a car to their place of work.

Planning and development

Future Mernda Town Centre


Mernda Regional Recreation Reserve

a) Mernda South Primary School, Riverdale on Plenty Estate

Expected to be completed and opened at the commencement of Term 1 in 2017. This school site will also include an integrated Council kindergarten, maternal & child health facility and a long day child care centre. The Council kindergarten and maternal and child health facility is to be delivered through a state government commitment of $2 million.

b) Mernda Central Primary and Secondary School – Renaissance Rise

This planned primary school and stage 1 of the secondary college are expected to be completed and opened at the commencement of Term 1 in 2017. This school site will also include a (YMCA) Learn to Swim Centre.

Planned Future Police Station

The State Labor Government has committed $15 million to build a police station in the Mernda/Doreen area.

Waterview Recreation Reserve


Mernda Strategy Plan

Our Mernda Strategy Plan 2004 (amended in 2008) provides the planning and design framework for development of the Mernda and Doreen growth area.


New Mernda Aquatic and Indoor Sports Centre

Council is currently completing a feasibility study. Depending on the outcomes of the feasibility study, design of the centre is planned to commence from mid-2019, and construction is expected to begin from 2021 onwards.

Mernda Development Plans

These plans show the proposed development for a number of new housing estates within Mernda. Development of these estates will generally follow the plans but is subject to change.

Some of these plans are only extracts from the full development plans. To request a complete plan with related policy content, or if you are unable to access the information in these documents, please call 9217 2346.

Mernda Town Centre development plan


Mernda Town Centre South West development plan


Mernda Town Centre North (North) West development plan


Mernda Town Centre North West Precinct development plan



Advocacy priorities for Mernda

Duplication of Plenty Road

Council is advocating for the State Government to duplicate Plenty Road from Riverdale Boulevard to Bridge Inn Road and install traffic lights at Plenty Road and Bridge Inn Road, Mernda.