A long-time Harvey resident, Lou Sgambelluri, is doing his bit to boost the local economy by making commercial space available for new businesses to start up.
“Lou Sgambelluri is a special man in Harvey, he’s been a resident there for most of his life,” BHR Papalia Director Brian Hotker said.
“He had a lot to do with setting up the Harvey Internment Shrine for the local Italian community, and he’s bought a lot of property in Harvey with the aim of making space available for businesses.”
Brian said that Harvey had just three doctors at one stage. “I believe there’s eight in town now, and some other allied medical professionals. This has a lot to do with Lou making premises available, which attracted them to the town,” he said.
“At one of his premises, a local school runs workshops where kids with special needs get work experience and training for jobs.”
When Lou advised BHR Papalia that there was an office space available, they decided the time was right to re-establish a presence in Harvey , the town where Joe Papalia was born and bred.
The Harvey office has since been running for a few months, attended on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by Marie Mach and Lindzee-Kate Blackburn.
"As existing clients are learning of our presence in Harvey, they are finding it more convenient to drop information in and seek appoints in Harvey rather than travelling to Bunbury," Brian said. We’d like to grow the Harvey branch and be able to service more of the locals and businesses and become part of the Harvey community.”