It was the keeping of a promise for deputy premier John Barilaro in his second trip to Griffith in three weeks.
Melinda Pavey was by his side as he said she would be, in her first tour of the region since her appointment as NSW water minister six weeks ago.
Meeting with irrigators, stakeholders and councils, this tour was all about hearing and listening to the lived experience on the ground.
After admiring the "world class" irrigation systems in Coleambally, the pair and their entourage made their way to meet with Leeton and Griffith Council at the Griffith chambers.
In a meeting session with almost 90 Griffith and MIA irrigators late afternoon on Tuesday, Ms Pavey said they were entering into the "dawn of a new age".
"We have the money, we are so close with the plans now, it won't be long before we see positive changes," Ms Pavey said.
"We are here to fight for team NSW, as a united front.
"There is no election, this isn't just talk - we are working on it now."
She wanted to hear what the main concerns were from the people in the room - but also made the stipulation she wanted to hear their solutions as well.
Member for Murray Helen Dalton was in attendance, and said this was a "positive step" in reaching solutions on water.
"It was a really great gathering," Mrs Dalton said.
"It just goes to show how invested and passionate this town is that we have so many people here - many of whom are sowing or harvesting at this very moment.
"To have Melinda and John here in the same room, I just hope they utilise the skills and knowledge found right here in this room." Mr Barilaro said there were no announcements, no commitments being made in this trip - it was a purely informational tour.
"It's easy to through critisism grenades from the sideline," Mr Barilaro said.
"But we want everyone to be involved in the solution as well. There has been too much politics in the water debate for too long, and that needs to change, starting now."
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