Boost for Nannup business strip

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Small business opportunities in Nannup continue to grow.
Camera IconSmall business opportunities in Nannup continue to grow.

Nannup has seen a boom in small businesses over the past year, with six new stores opening in town.

The increase in business is being attributed to an increase in tourism in the region, with more people visiting the town.

Taste of Nannup and Beyond has just hit its six-year anniversary and store co-owner Heather Walford said the increase in small businesses and tourism was noticeable.

“We calculated that in the six years since taking over from the previous owner, we have doubled the amount of sales for our shop,” she said.

“Visitor statistics for Nannup have also increased steadily each year by between 3500 and 5000 people for the last two years.”

Ms Walford said the increased business investment and plans for the international airport in Busselton meant in three years, 65,000 people could visit Nannup over a 12-month period. Linda Maher, another co-owner, said the increase in tourism showed through the activity in town and said a big part of the increase was related to the events held in the area.

“The events have had such a positive impact on the town and have helped with the economic growth,” she said.

Nannup Real Estate owner Chris Roycroft agreed with the growth in population and tourism in town.

“People have always loved living here, but there has been a constant growth over the past few years, particularly with families, and the kindergarten has had to create an extra class to accommodate all the children,” she said.

Ms Roycroft said about 25 to 30 years ago lots of tourists travelled through, but major road closures led to a decrease in people who visited the town.

“When Mowen Road opened in 2014 was when tourism really picked up again,” she said.

“It made Nannup a centre point in the Lower South West, close to so many other towns and now people travel through all the time.”

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