Scott Morrison ventured deep into the Kosciuszko National Park, gazed up at a rock face and flashed it two thumbs up.
The prime minister is hoping Eden-Monaro voters return the favour this Saturday.
He has recommitted to delivering them a national-building project – the biggest since Snowy Hydro.
Naturally, the renewable energy project has been slugged Snowy 2.0.
Morrison donned a hardhat and high visibility jacket as he choppered into the site.
Four days out from a by-election in the southeast NSW seat, he announced the mammoth energy project had been granted final approvals.
Earthmovers lumbered around the grounds, shifting soils on what will become gigantic workers’ camps.
The project involves the construction of a 240-metre long pumped-hydro power station about 800 metres underground, to generate 2000MW of power.
Morrison has promised it will create 2000 jobs during construction and generate billions of dollars of investment for the region.
The project has been in the works for three years.
But Morrison now claims electing Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvoys is crucial to delivering the jobs promise.
“I need her on this team so she can be on the Snowy 2.0 team to make sure that these jobs, these economic benefits go right through to these communities,” he said.
The electorate has copped blow after blow in recent months.
Construction workers looked out over bushfire-scorched valleys.
The touring party exchanged awkward elbow bumps as they adjusted to coronavirus-safe campaign greetings.
Roughly 18,000 workers in the electorate have been forced onto JobKeeper wage subsidies during the pandemic.
Morrison said all this meant his latest jobs promise was even more critical than when the government first sought approval for the project.
“So we’re on the go at Snowy 2.0.”
Australian Associated Press