Why invest in Leeton Shire?

Leeton Shire has a thriving economy primarily driven by our access to water from the Murrumbidgee River and prime agricultural land. It is one of the most productive farming regions in the state with citrus, rice, grapes, cotton, walnuts, almonds, and cereal grains all grown throughout the shire. Aquaculture is also an emerging farming practice with its low eco-footprint, traceability, and sustainability.

Easter 2022 - balloons over crops

Regional Manufacturing Hub

Leeton Shire has many well established manufacturing industries.

The processing of agricultural products from local producers comprises one of Leeton's largest industries. Ricegrowers Limited operating as SunRice and CopRice is one of the shire’s largest employers with its main office, rice mill, and manufacturing plant located in Leeton. Other major companies located within the Leeton shire include The Daily Juice Company (Bega Dairy and Drinks Pty Ltd) juice factory, JSB Australia (as a subsidiary of JBS S.A) operating a cattle feedlot and abattoirs, Stahman Webster walnut orchard and processing plant, Murrumbidgee Irrigation, Pacific Fresh Premium Australian Citrus, with Southern Cotton, Voyager Craft Malt and the Whitton Malt House located in Whitton.

Industrial Estate

Leeton Shire has an established industrial area - Vance Industrial Estate - which caters for a large number of local businesses.

Council is in the early planning stages of expanding the Vance Industrial Estate to provide suitable land for additional industrial development in the shire. 

To help businesses to quickly establish themselves, development rebates of up to 5% of the purchase price to a maximum of $20,000 (excluding GST) will be available on allotments purchased and finalised prior to 31 January 2024, where construction has commenced within 24 months of the purchase date of the allotment. (Conditions apply).

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Transportation Hub

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.

The development of transportation infrastructure contributes to investment and economic growth by increasing productivity and efficiency since it connects resources to industry, people to employment, and goods to markets. Increasing regional investment in road and rail infrastructure will enable the expansion of freight and warehousing-related development within Leeton Shire.

Forward planning to improve the integration of regional transportation and land use planning will ensure effective supply chain links with the main industrial and activation precincts. 

Reliable and established Infrastructure

Leeton has well developed telecommunications infrastructure including NBN fixed wireless broadband and fibre to the node under construction in Leeton town. 

Reliable power supply
Natural gas, strong electricity supply and good road interconnect are other features that make the area extra competitive.

Trained Workforce

Leeton Shire has a well established and trained workforce, that caters for our many agribusiness and other industries.

We also draw employees from the nearby Local Government Areas of Griffith and Narrandera. 

International reputation

Leeton has a strong international reputation for food and beverage as well as fibre processing and manufacturing.


Useful Links

Community Strategic Plan - Liveable Leeton 2035