The lower house electorate of Yan Yean takes in parts of northern Melbourne and regional Victoria, running from the Diamond Valley in the south to Wallan and the Great Dividing Range in the North West. Yan Yean’s localities are Beveridge, Diamond Creek*, Donnybrook, Doreen, Eden Park, Hidden Valley, Humevale, Hurstbridge, Mernda, Nutfield, Plenty, Upper Plenty, Wallan, Wallan East, Wattle Glen, Whittlesea, Woodstock, Yan Yean* and Yarrambat
It covers 596 square kilometres and is semi-rural, spanning the interface of Melbourne’s growing suburbs and regional Victoria. Yan Yean was created in 1992 and has been narrowly held by the Labor Party throughout this period.
The current boundaries of the electorate were drawn for the 2014 election which saw it take in Wallan, Upper Plenty and Beveridge for the first time. The redistribution also saw Yan Yean move from the Northern Metropolitan upper house region to that of Northern Victoria.
The population of Yan Yean is growing rapidly, particularly around the areas of Mernda and Doreen, with Donnybrook, Beveridge and Wallan set to undergo rapid change in the next few years. The area has a high proportion of young families in new estates. The electorate is home to many tradespeople, retail and hospitality workers, professionals, farmers and small business owners. Yan Yean enjoys the highest workforce participation rate of any Victorian electorate.
The electorate takes its name from the Yan Yean Reservoir, Melbourne’s oldest water supply. The Plenty River is the spine of the electorate rising in the Sherwin Ranges past the spectacular Toorourrong Reservoir through the Yan Yean Reservoir park – both open to the public, and down through the Plenty Gorge Park. Stunning River Red Gums dot its landscape. It is loved for its natural landmarks including the Kinglake National Park, parts of Mt Disappointment State Park, and Plenty Gorge Park and the Diamond Creek Trail.
The area is known for its artists, its sport, its food, wine and community. It’s a great place to live with its residents having some of the highest life expectancy in the State.
*These localities are shared with a neighbouring electorate, Diamond Creek is partially in the electoral district of Eltham, Cottles Bridge and Yan Yean are partially in the electoral district of Eildon.