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.
Leeton has a population of 8,414 and is comprised of approximately 51.3% females and 48.7% males. It has an indigenous population of 483 (5.7%) and the median age is 37. Leeton is located in the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the MPHN.
Leeton is a town in the Riverina region of New South Wales. It is located 550 km west of Sydney and 450 kms north of Melbourne.
Leeton is situated in one of the most productive farming regions in the state, with citrus, rice, grapes and wheat farms found throughout the Leeton Shire.
Leeton is connected very well to the surrounding regional centres and capital cities.
There are daily flights leaving Narrandera Airport, operated by Regional Express (REX). The airport is located near the shire boundary approximately 20 km from the CBD.
There are coach services to Sydney and Adelaide, leaving Leeton Coach Terminal in Gidgee Street daily. NSW TrainLink also offers coach services to Wagga Wagga to link the Sydney–Melbourne XPT daily.
The Griffith Xplorer train to and from Sydney arrives at Leeton Railway Station on weekends.
The major sources of employment in Leeton are:
- Retail trade;
- Education and training;
- Health care and social assistance; and
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Public administration and safety
Leeton Health Service is a 71 bed D1a peer grouped Community Hospital with surgery. Of the 71 beds, 38 are State Funded Residential Aged Care Service (SFRACS) beds and four are day surgery beds and four are bassinets. The facility provides emergency, medical, palliative, surgical, obstetric, radiology and aged care services. Outpatient and community health services are also provided.
Leeton is supported by an ambulance service.
Leeton is the second largest educational centre in the Riverina after Wagga Wagga.
Leeton Shire has three secondary schools and six primary schools as well as a campus of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and Murrumbidgee College of Agriculture.
Leeton has a number of larger retail chains including Woolworths, Target Country and the Reject Shop as well as number of unique boutique stores.
It is only a 40-minute drive to the larger regional centre of Griffith and 1 hour 20-minute drive to the major regional city of Wagga Wagga.
Places of worship located in Leeton include, but are not limited to, Anglican, Baptist and Catholic, Presbyterian, and Uniting churches.
The closest Mosque is in Griffith which is a 40 min drive.
Leeton Indoor Stadium caters for basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor soccer, hockey and badminton. Alongside the Indoor Stadium are outdoor netball courts, tennis courts, large football/sporting fields, skate park and large swimming pool complex.
Sporting clubs in Leeton include:
Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition (March)
Leeton Sunrice Festival (March)
Leeton Eisteddfod (August)
Leeton Show (October)
Leeton Country Roundup (November)
Light up Leeton (December)
Points of Interest
The Leeton SunRice Festival is held biennially at Easter during the rice harvest. The festival celebrates the importance of the rice industry to the Leeton community.
Other annual festivals include:
- The Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition which is held on the Murrumbidgee River at Gogeldrie Weir Park.
- The Leeton Eisteddfod which is recognised as one of the most outstanding cultural events in western New South Wales. This event is a showcase of talent in music, ballet, speech and drama, literary, highland and line dancing.
- The Leeton Agricultural Show, which is held annually in October.
- Leeton Outback Band Spectacular (hosted by Leeton Town Band), which is held annually in November