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Murrumbidgee & ACT | Western NSW

Leeton is a thriving rural community in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. It is home to the Australian rice industry and is Australia's largest citrus-growing region.

A Grouping
RA3 / MMM4

Location

Leeton is located in the Riverina region of NSW. It is 560 km (6 hr drive) west of Sydney and 460 km (5 hr drive) north of Melbourne. Leeton is a 45 min drive from Griffith and 90 min from Wagga Wagga.

In addition to being situated in one of the most productive farming regions in the country, there are two internationally recognised wetlands that provide globally important bird habitat near Leeton.

How to get there

Leeton is well connected to surrounding regional centres and capital cities. Regional Express (REX) offers daily flights to Sydney from Narrandera Airport, approximately 20 km from the centre of Leeton.

There are coach services to Sydney and Adelaide and NSW TrainLink also offers coach services to Wagga Wagga to link the Sydney–Melbourne XPT.

Population

More than 8000 people live in Leeton – the median age of residents is 40 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6% of the population.

Leeton is located within the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. The healthcare needs in the region are identified in this assessment.

Healthcare facilities

Leeton Health Service is a 71-bed public hospital providing emergency, medical, palliative, surgical, obstetric, radiology and aged care services. Of the 71 beds, 38 are dedicated for residential aged care. Outpatient and community health services are also provided.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Leeton.

Accredited GP practices

  • Leeton Family Clinic
  • Leeton Medical Centre
  • Leeton Medical Practice
  • Murrumbidgee Medical & Primary Care Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Leeton are: grain milling, secondary education, meat processing, retail and primary education.
  • Education

After Wagga Wagga, Leeton is the second largest educational centre in the Riverina with three high schools and six primary schools. There are both public and private schools in Leeton. A campus of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and Murrumbidgee College of Agriculture is located in Leeton.
  • Childcare

Leeton offers a long day care option for children from six weeks to school age, a preschool for children aged three to six as well as an out of hours’ school care facility.
  • Shopping

Leeton has a number of larger retail chains including Woolworths and Target Country as well as specialty and boutique stores. The larger regional centres of Griffith (45 min drive) and Wagga Wagga (90 min drive) offer a range of shopping opportunities.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship located in Leeton include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, and Uniting churches. The closest mosque is in Griffith, a 45 min drive.
  • Points of interest

Leeton is a purpose-built town established in the early 1900s with many buildings in Art Deco design. Leeton has a busy event calendar with fairs, markets and festivals throughout the year. Notable festivals include the Taste Riverina Food Festival, bi-annual Sunrice Festival and Balloon Glow.
  • Sporting activities

There are a range of sporting facilities and sporting teams in Leeton including cricket, golf, tennis, netball, rugby league, rugby union, soccer and swimming. Many of the clubs have their own websites or social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

There are numerous community, service and social groups in Leeton including Rotary, WIRES, Leeton Town Band, Leeton Vintage and Veteran Car Club and Leeton Writers Group. A listing of community organisations can be found in the Leeton Community Services Guide.
  • Social media groups

There are a range of social media pages and groups about life in Leeton, notable pages include Leeton News, Leeton Art Society Inc, I live in Leeton, Leeton & District LIVE! and Leeton Shire.