Food and its preparation has always been a major source of income for many families in the multicultural Riverina
town of Leeton (not to mention a personal passion for more than a few).
In southern NSW’s highly-productive Riverina district, modern Leeton today is becoming increasingly recognised for its cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes, while Lillypilly's tramillon (70 per cent traminer and 30 per cent semillon) and the Toorak chardonnay and liqueur muscat are worthy entrants in the Oz wine stakes.
This is good news, because the town was devastated in 1993 when the Letona fruit cannery - one of Australia’s largest - closed down and caused a great deal of local hardship.
Twitchers will be impressed by the variety of birdlife, especially waterfowl, that flock to Fivebough Swamp, about 11km from town.
Leeton, like the nation's capital Canberra, boasts an original town plan by Walter Burley Griffin - the Chicago architect responsible (with a lot of help from his wife) for the design of Canberra - and is considered one of the best 'living' examples in Australia of the American's urban planning skills.
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