- 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.
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.
Yan Yean news
In the rush to develop and build Melbourne’s rural north, an important environmental area is at risk writes Ashlea Witoslawski.read more
The patience of Yan Yean voters is being stretched to the limit, writes Brigid Curran.read more
The cost of waiting on Mernda’s rail extension is far more damaging than any burden of construction expenses now, writes Luke Costin.read more