Fernitz was until the end of 2014 an independent municipality with 3287 inhabitants (as of 31 October 2013) south of Graz in the district of Graz-Umgebung in Styria (Austria). As part of the Styrian municipal reform, it was merged on 1 January the community Mellach to the new community Fernitz-Mellach. the new community will be named Fernitz-Mellach. The basis for this is the Styrian Municipal Reform Act - StGsrG. It was known above all for the late Gothic pilgrimage church of Maria Trost.