Merton is one of the gateways to Mansfield Shire and is the first community encountered when approaching the Shire from Melbourne. The township is home to some 100 households and, like most of the shire, continues to welcome new residents who are drawn to the region by its lifestyle attributes. Location
: the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges in north-east Victoria. History
: The area was originally occupied by the Yaran-illum people, a clan of the Taungurong people. European settlement was established around the late 1830’s, with large agricultural runs. Gold was found in the local creeks and their tributaries around the 1870’s. Economy
: Although agriculture remains the main industry within the Merton area, a wide range of small businesses in tourism and professional services sectors have been established in recent times. Community Groups in Merton
- Merton Amateur Race Club
- Merton Book Club
- Merton Community Planning Group
- Merton CFA
- Merton Cricket Club
- Merton Exercise Group
- Merton History Group
- Merton Landcare
- Merton Recreation Reserve and Memorial Hall Committee of Management
For group contact details please search the online Community Directory
. Merton Community Plan 2009 - 2015 "Merton is a vibrant, inclusive and socially active community known for its sustainable way of life and its peaceful and attractive natural environment."
This is the vision outlined by members of the Merton Community and here is a selection of the projects identified in the plan:
- Community buildings
- Townscape improvements & community connectivity
- Water use & management
- Healthy creeks & waterways
- Local business promotion
- Traffic safety & flow
- Preserving Merton’s history
Click here to download the Merton Community Plan
Follow this link to the 'Community Planning' section
of Council's website to find out about community planning in the Mansfield Shire. Merton Connectivity & Liveability Project
The Merton Connectivity & Liveability Project is a partnership project between Council and various community groups in Merton. The project will be jointly funded by the Victorian Government, the Merton community and Council and includes the following components:
- shared pedestrian-bike pathways linking the Merton Store, Recreation Reserve and Memorial Hall;
- streetscape landscaping;
- landscaping within the Merton Recreation Reserve;
- lighting improvements at the Recreation Reserve;
- signage improvements (including historical signage); and
- public art.
To view the project plans click here
Hire a venue in Merton...
Need space for a party, event or community gathering?
Merton has two great spaces for hire.
- Merton Memorial Hall
- Merton Recreation Reserve Hall and grounds
Call John on 5778 9540 to book