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Leeton Shire enjoys a strong economy with the Gross Regional Product valued at $527 million in 2016. There were 5,456 local jobs and 972 registered businesses in 2015, with the largest employment sectors being manufacturing, agriculture, retail trade and construction.
Leeton is renowned as the Heart of SunRice Country and is home to the SunRice Headquarters. In 2014 rice contributed $148 million to the regional economy. In 2015, there were 4,000 tonnes of walnuts processed in Leeton and 2016 saw 40,000 head of cattle processed at JBS Riverina Feedlot. In fact the large industries in the processing and valued-added sectors now employ more people than the agricultural sector.
Leeton plays an important role in feeding Australians and the world. Each Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) farmer is estimated to feed 600 people (450 through exports) and contributes to 38% of NSW’s vegetable production.
Leeton is ideally placed in relation to central markets and serviced by five major trucking companies and a daily freight train to the Port of Melbourne.
Leeton Shire is a major food production area at the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme, developed by pioneer Sir Samuel McCaughey in the early 1900’s.
Whilst the region was founded on irrigated crops and horticulture, large industries in the processing and value-added sectors now employ more people than agriculture.
Leeton Shire has several large industries with a global presence including:
Leeton is also a major education hub with two large boarding schools, Yanco Agricultural High School and St Francis de Sales Regional College, servicing the region and state.
Leeton has well developed telecommunications infrastructure including NBN fixed wireless broadband and fibre to the node under construction in Leeton town. Natural gas, strong electricity supply and good road interconnect are other features that make the area extra competitive.
Leeton has a strong international reputation for food and beverage as well as fibre processing and manufacturing.
For further information in relation to Economic Development, please contact Council’s General Manager Jackie Kruger on 0417 256 092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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