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.