“Leeton life is just the best! I love it and wouldn't change it for the world,” says Tonetta Nardi, Leeton resident through and through.
“Everyone knows everyone here and I strongly believe that this is a valuable thing that a community can share. We have the best community support and not only do we open up our arms and our hearts, but also our wallets to help someone in need.”
Tonetta has lived in Leeton all of her life and her family roots are deep and strong, with her parents married in Leeton at St Josephs Catholic Church in 1959, and running Amsbury Crossing Store, as well as a rice farm on Whitton Road.
Tonetta completed her schooling at St Josephs School and St Francis College, before going on to complete secretarial and sewing courses at Leeton Tafe.
”I met and married my husband George Nardi in 1981 and we still live on our farm in Wamoon.
Our town is very multicultural and diverse where many different nationalities come together and I love how we greet all the new members to our community.Tonetta Nardi
Tonetta and George have two children, Adam and Sandra, with Sandra inheriting her love and involvement in the community – owning her business in Leeton for over ten years, and was elected onto Council last year.
“My first job was at the Golden Apple Supermarket where I was a supervisor at the checkouts for nearly 12 years … This was a wonderful opportunity to meet and form many a friendship with many different people in our community which I am proud to say I still share this friendship with today.
In 2003 Tonetta and George opened up their own business in town "Identity Fashions" which she ran for 10 years.
They joined The Italian Catholic Committee in 2014 and have been helping to organize not only the annual Salami Night but also The "Festa Della Madonna.”
“It is a privilege to be part of a committee that has been going for over 50 years. I remember as a child attending this Festa every year, and I am very proud of my Italian Heritage and being part of the Italian Catholic Committee helps me to continue our tradition and keep it for the next generation.”
“Our town is very multicultural and diverse where many different nationalities come together and I love how we greet all the new members to our community.”
Both she and George are on the "Leeton Harley and Bike Muster" committee, which helps to raise awareness of depression and mental heath in local communities.
“We hold charity functions and raise funds to help local families that are suffering. One of our main fundraiser is the "Leeton Harley and Bike Muster" which is now in its 4th year and we hope to keep this event going to keep raising the awareness of this illness.”
She is now happily busy in business with her friend Josie Cirillo with their store "Modern Vintage Decore”.
“I really like doing things that make me happy and I can’t think of a better place to be doing something that makes me happy than in Leeton and I really do love living here.”