The EPA is now looking for new personnel and deliberately recruiting from regional NSW to better reflect the needs of the communities in which so many of the rural businesses operate. Mines, industrial feedlots, and other non-metro capital- and tech-intensive operations are where the agency focuses a lot of its monitoring and testing. The videos that Afterglow is producing during its week-long shoot will show the kind of tasks that incoming Indigenous and non-Indigenous operations officers will undertake. A big part of our challenge was also depicting the careful professional relationships that EPA officers and teams need to establish and maintain with industry operators. It was hard work, but as ever the opportunity to visit places like pristine bushland, coastal rainforest, a gold mine and just generally the big and small towns around the state was a privilege.
Over the last six months Afterglow has taken to the streets to canvas 18-30 year olds for the new federally funded sexual health project, Frank. There is nothing that is left to the imagination as people from across the community are questioned on their understanding of the subject. More coming soon.
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Meditation and touch footy might not be the silver bullet for keeping stress at bay when dealing with suicides and families decimated by car crash, but along with mindfulness, playing music and other activities it all adds to the suit of armour that emergency workers need to stay sane.
As part of the Mental Health Commission‘s preventative strategy for first responders from NSW emergency services, Afterglow has produced a short documentary for firefighters, police, paramedics and SES volunteers. In it they talk about the psychological pressure of dealing with the worst catastrophes imaginable and containing it with early intervention.
Great scriptwriting and sketching session with illustrator and animator, Lew Keilar who’s working up a series of short whiteboard animations for the documentary on the work of human rights commissions. Watching Lew work his pencil magic is pretty cool, no wonder a lot of his work now involves live drawing, as recently at the Archibald Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.
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