A SECRET space is coming to life and if the sneak peek is anything to go by, a new Leeton attraction is sure to pique interest once it opens.
A museum showcasing Leeton's history, which dates back more than 100 years, is being brought to life within the walls of the former Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission building in Chelmsford Place.
The Irrigator was lucky enough to be given a first look at the museum that has had countless hours and thought put into it.
Its design captures both the eye and the imagination, with plenty of creativity thrown into the mix to ensure what's on show captures the attention of people at all ages.
The idea is for the museum to become a vital stop for visitors to town, as well as being somewhere residents can learn more about the history of the shire and a place where school students can actively learn about their origins.
The museum comes complete with artifacts, historic images and quotes, there will be space for mother's groups and a place for a coffee, as well as plenty of room to move and take in all of the information at one's own pace.
The crown jewel of the museum is a recreated version of the iconic Roxy Theatre, complete with neon lighting and a small theatre which will have capacity to screen all manner of items.
Each component of the museum has been carefully thought out and has its own story to tell whether it be about how Leeton got started, the rice industry, the Letona Cannery or historic items, each has a role in the story of the shire.
Leeton Shire Council's events and cultural services co-ordinator Suesann Vos has been working on the project for some time and was thrilled to see it coming together.
"We had the vision for the WCIC building to be a museum and an art gallery and council received some funding ... that's how it all came about," she said.
"A portion of that funding was used to renovate the left hand side of the building for the museum section.
"Last year we completed the right hand side, which is the art gallery.
"The Leeton Family and Local History Society have worked very closely with us on this, as well as graphic designer Fran MacDonald.
"It has been so exciting to see all of the ideas come to life.
"It's going to be a space for everyone to visit and use for all manner of different activities."
An official opening of the museum is in the works and will go ahead once COVID-19 restrictions are eased regarding public gatherings.
"We really can't wait to share it with everyone ... it looks amazing," Mrs Vos said.