Yan Yean

  • Held by: Danielle Green (2002- current) Australian Labor Party
  • Since: 1992
  • Swing at 2010 election: 3.92% to Liberal
  • Redistribution details: The Labor stronghold of Craigieburn has gone and only half of the old electorate remains. The 2013 boundary changes have destroyed Labor’s 4.1% margin and turned Yan Yean into the most marginal seat in the state. It is notionally Liberal by 0.09%.
  • Size of electorate: 745 sq. km

KEY COMMENTS: As an area with high population growth, public infrastructure is a major issue.

Electorate profile

Centered around the township that gives this electorate its name, Yan Yean comprises of a combination of picturesque rural towns like Wallan and St Andrews and busy developing suburbs like South Morang and Mernda. Epping and South Morang are established suburbs, Mernda and Dorren’s populations have increased by 600 per cent since 2006, whilst Yan Yean and Wallan remain rural areas.

The electorate of Yan Yean was first created in 1992 and has been a labour majority seat for the duration of its existence.

Campaigns are currently running for a train extension to Mernda, the duplication of Yan Yean Road and a connection to the Hume Freeway. Access to public services such ambulances in Wallan and a police station in Doreen are also major issues where new housing has caused an influx of families.

Within the electorate, Whittlesea also has one of the highest rates for family violence in Melbourne.

The Mernda rail extension is a hot button issue for voters.

The Mernda rail extension is a hot button issue for voters.

Candidate profiles

DANIELLE GREEN MP
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Labor MP and candidate for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, sat down with UniPollWatch at Parliament House to talk about her political and personal life.
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SAM OZTURK
LIBERAL

The Liberal Party has never held the seat of Yan Yean, but Sam Ozturk is leaving nothing to chance in his bid to win it for his party.
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DANIEL SACCHERO
AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Daniel Sacchero says the Greens offer a credible alternative to the major parties for the people of Yan Yean.
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