The Leeton Irrigator
The Irrigator newspaper serves the vibrant community of Leeton and surrounding districts and is published every Tuesday and Friday. Leeton is situated in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) in the Riverina region of southern New South Wales. The area is the heartland of one of the richest food producing areas of Australia and is renowned as being the "Heart of SunRice Country". The Irrigator is a 2005 and 2006 Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (PANPA) advertising awards winner.
The Riverina region of New South Wales stretches some 500 kilometres east from the alpine peaks of Kosciuszko National Park across the sheep/wheat belt of the South Wet Slopes and the Riverine Plains (including the vast horticultural districts of the Murrumbidgee and Coleambally Irrigation Areas), to the semi-arid plains of Hay, the region boasts a broad and diverse industry base. The region's main industries are: agriculture and horticulture; manufacturing, food processing; defence - army and airforce; softwood forestry, logging, wood and paper processing; textiles; viticulture and winemaking (the region is Australia's largest producer of wine with about 50% of the region's wine production exported); tertiary education.