Mernda is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district.
- Area:23.823 km2
- Elevation:162 m
- Local Government Area:Whittlesea City Council
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 16,420.
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.
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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 recommenced to Mernda on 26 August 2018 for the first time in almost 60 years.