Local Economy and Businesses

Southern Cotton

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 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.

Large companies with a global presence

Industrial Estate

Vance Industrial Estate is a large industrial subdivision, located on the edge of the Leeton town area.

Vance Industrial Estate houses both large and small businesses, including:
  • Bus depots
  • Cabinet makers
  • Engineering businesses
  • Food (whole distribution)
  • Glass manufacturing (windows and doors)
  • Heating products
  • Heavy Vehicle repairs
  • Mechanical workshops
  • Medical equipment manufacturers
  • Metal supplies
  • Motor Cycles
  • Motor Vehicle repairs
  • Powder coating 
  • Pool manufacturing
  • Shed construction
  • Storage
  • Tarpaulins (industrial, agricultural, mining, etc)
  • Transport companies
  • Truck servicing
  • Tyres and Rims (industrial)
  • Uniform distribution (national)
  • Vehicle restoration
  • Veterinary hospital

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Farming and agricultural commodities

The region is home to a large variety of irrigated crops and horticulture, including: Barley, Canola, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Grapes, Oats, Rice and Wheat.

Retail businesses

Leeton's Art Deco CBD can supply most retail needs. We also have three large supermarkets to choose from, and an excellent range of cafes and eateries.

Case Study of a new retail business owner

Read Kerry Cornes story from Arbour and Ivy Flowers.  Kerry Cornes has worn many hats in her lifetime, across many industries. From floristry, working in banking, airlines, admin, reservations, snow ski resort customer service and even a dump truck operator in the mines, none have compared to the newest hat she has donned in her new town, Leeton.


Many other businesses

As well as the large companies located in Leeton Shire and the many businesses located in the Vance Industrial Estate, there are a large number of other businesses that create a vibrant variety of business and employment opportunities in our area.  Some of these are listed below:

  • Agricultural research
  • Automotive supplies
  • Building supplies
  • CAD design services
  • Communications
  • Concrete business
  • Electrical motor services
  • Electrical suppliers
  • Equestrian suppliers
  • Farm supplies
  • Hire business
  • Irrigation supplies 
  • Refrigeration servicing
  • Weighbridge services
  • Wineries