Prior to European settlement, the Wardandi, Bibbulmun, Nyungar and other Indigenous groupings collectively influenced the botany of the areas surrounding the present Nannup locality. Following the European settlement of Western Australia, in Albany and the Swan River in the 1820’s, settlers subsequently occupied Augusta and then Busselton (Bussell) in the 1830’s.
Settlers quickly looked beyond their immediate vicinity for additional grazing lands. One of the earliest, Thomas Turner of Augusta, followed the Blackwood River towards present day Nannup in 1834. Several expeditions followed in the 1840s, with consistent reports of good grasses. It would appear that some limited squatting commenced in the district during the early 1850’s and considerable selections of land had been taken by 1860. The town was officially gazetted in 1890. The predominant industries of timber and agriculture exist to the present day, with recent diversification into tourism.
The Shire of Nannup is proud to have retained its sense of place, community passion and heritage values whilst achieving growth in the number of residents, infrastructure and economic development.
The completion of the Mowen Road upgrade in 2014 that links the coastal area of Margaret River to the Blackwood River region is a major achievement for the Shire, increasing traffic and visitors to the area, particularly on weekends and for events.
On the 5th December 2015 the Hon Terry Redman MLA, Minister for Regional Development, officially opened the new Function Room and renovation works to the existing facilities at the Nannup Recreation and Community Centre, which will provide greater opportunities for social and recreational activities in our Shire.
A main street improvement project in the northern section of the Nannup’s CBD has addressed drainage issues and damaged pavements, increasing the safety and street appeal for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Shire of Nannup intends to further these works via a staged development in future years.
The future for Nannup is very promising. Council’s Strategic Community Plan identifies a number of projects for implementation in the future and includes the ongoing commitment to deliver community based initiatives for the benefit of Nannup’s residents.
Annual Community events showcase cultural, educational and social activities and all residents are is encouraged to participate in the ongoing success of these events to encourage visitors to our unique town and Shire. As a community we care about each other and welcome visitors to experience and enjoy our region.
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