The Leeton Shire will be put on the map in an upcoming episode of ABC's Backroads with filming set to start mid December.
Broadcast across the nationwide, the show is in its ninth season and features rural communities and life in the 'backroads' of Australia.
Multicultural Program Coordinator at Leeton Shire Council Ken Dachi said that the featuring of Leeton its own episode of Backroads was 'transformative in every way'.
"This really is quite an exciting opportunity for the town," Mr Dachi said.
"Visibility is integral for continual growth and this is a great way to showcase the Leeton brand to viewers across the country.
Mr Dachi also referred to the opportunity as a 'catalyst for inspiration'.
"It is my hope that Leeton being one of the towns featured in this season of Backroads will reenergise the community as we come out this pandemic," Mr Dachi said.
The episode is set to document Leeton's settlement stories, which until today continues to be positively transformative for the town.
"This whole process is part of a wider conversation that has been taking place to do with community orientated connection," Mr Dachi said.
"We have an ongoing relationship with a multicultural worker who mentioned to us that there was this keen interest to capture stories of settlement in regional communities."
Following this conversation, Ken Dachi connected with the research team at ABC and took part in an extensive Q and A to ascertain whether Leeton had stories worth featuring.
"It took two and a half months of research on their part asking critical questions but from this we were able to build a storyboard," Mr Dachi said.
ABC Producer Damian Estall then visited Leeton to scout locations, people and businesses to tell the stories of the community, in an effort to create a compelling and authentic storyboard for the episode.
This included visits to local industry alongside stops at Leeton Shire Council, Leeton Library, the Historic Hydro, the Visitor's Centre and local industry.
"Damien visited and called the storyboard and the people featured in it fantastic, so it will be very exciting once filming actually commences," Mr Dachi said.
Filming will officially commence on December 13th and will wrap up December 21st.
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