LEETON shire is a great place to live and work.
So much so that when The Irrigator put a call out on its Facebook page asking why Leeton was a great place to live when compared with neighbouring city Griffith, a passionate debate started.
Some took the issue very seriously and were concerned The Irrigator was trying to cause unnecessary tention between Leeton and Griffith.
However, it must be pointed out the whole idea was supposed to be taken in a light-hearted manner in a bid to encourage Leeton shire residents to be positive and take pride in their town.
Sometimes people are quick to criticise or “bag out” smaller towns, but the beauty is in seeing the positives and the lifestyles residents live. It really is a fantastic life. And, if there’s something you don’t like, why not do something about it instead of just criticising or being negative?
Let’s celebrate Leeton shire for the great place it is.
So with that in mind, here’s a list of five reasons residents love living in Leeton shire instead of anywhere else in the MIA.
1 Our events
THERE’S no doubting Leeton shire knows how to celebrate. The biggest event on our calendar every second year is the Leeton SunRice Festival. The good news is 2018 is a festival year!
That’s not to forget others like Light Up Leeton, the Bidgee Classic, Leeton Eisteddfod, monthly farmers markets, the Leeton Show, Country Round Up, Outback Band Spectacular, Leeton Chill and Grill and many more.
2 Our council gets on with each other
Go to any Leeton Shire Council monthly meeting and you’ll find councillors working together for the betterment of the community.
There’s no in-fighting and, while there may be debate, those opinions are noted and a decision made. Leeton’s united council ensures things are being done in the shire.
3 Our buildings
Look around. There’s history in many of Leeton shire’s buildings and if the walls could talk, we’re sure the stories would be more than just a little interesting.
We’ve got the grand Roxy Theatre, our tall and bold water towers and, of course, the Historic Hydro Motor Inn in all of its glory.
Many of the town’s main street buildings have an art deco feel, as does the water filtration plant. These buildings, coupled with the planned reinvigoration of the town’s CBD area, and Leeton is heading in the right direction.
We can’t also forget about the Yanco Powerhouse Museum and the Whitton Courthouse and Historical Museum.
4 Our outdoor pool and sporting facilities
Leeton’s outdoor swimming pool is always a hot spot of action during summer. People actually travel from neighbouring towns to come here for a swim.
With upgrades on the horizon, you can’t complain about that.
Many have voiced their thoughts on the need for an indoor swimming pool in Leeton, which could be used for therapeutic reasons, by sporting clubs and others.
It’s worth thinking about and perhaps the community could pull together and do some fundraising on this one, which did see Temora end up with its own hydrotherapy pool after many years of lobbying and fundraising.
There’s also of course our other great sporting facilities, such as the town ovals, skate park, Leeton Showground (which includes netball courts, a trotting track and football field) and Leeton Indoor Stadium.
Put those together with the many fantastic parks in the shire and you’re onto a winner.
5 The people
There’s no doubting the best thing about living in Leeton is the people.
Everywhere you turn there’s a friendly smile or someone stopping you in the street for a chat. The community spirit is what binds the town together and Leeton has it in droves.
We look out for one another, especially when times are tough.
It’s a friendly and happy place to live, what more could you want.