AN UNUSUAL battleground to win over Leeton shire voters has emerged.
Both the Liberal and Labor candidates for Farrer - Sussan Ley and Kieran Drabsch - have pledged almost identical amounts of money to upgrade the Leeton Showground should they be voted in on Saturday.
Labor said it will spend $500,000 to improve amenities at the showground, while the Liberals will commit $496,000.
The funding would be put towards the current upgrade of the grandstand and the other services utilized by sporting clubs and the Leeton Show Society.
"Leeton is a growing regional town and this $500,000 investment will serve the over 11,000 people living in the area," Mr Drabsch said.
"Upgrading the facilities at Leeton showground has been identified as a priority project by Leeton Shire Council, and the investment will enable the grounds to remain fit-for-purpose, and a hub of the community and surrounding region."
Ms Ley said the money complements funds already committed by council and the state government.
She made her funding announcement on Thursday on site at the showground.
"After the old grandstand was knocked down last year, I know the Showground Trust and football-netball club were very keen to see things progress - this announcement unlocks the gate so we can get moving," she said.
"The new grandstand will seat up to 230 people and brings facilities here in Leeton back up to the standard needed to attract as many events and participants as we can into town."
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