The Wollondilly local government area south west of Sydney hit the news in June 2016 when wild weather caused extensive flooding there. At the flood’s peak, the main street of Picton, NSW had over 900 mm of water rushing through it and causing significant damage as it inundated surrounding properties.
Knowing there were some significant Replas installations in Wollondilly Shire, we later went out for an inspection. The recycled plastic picnic settings at the Botanic Gardens came through the storm unscathed, still sitting fully functional in their place waiting for the next group of visitors to relax in the beautiful surroundings. And the resilience of 125 mm Replas bollards installed at the sports ground behind Mount Annan Public School was on display. A news media video showed them standing up strong to the torrent of flood water that flowed swiftly across the park.
Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon is a 4800 sq. metre salt-water facility in the North Queensland city that offers an all-year-round, safe location free of stingers and crocodiles. With its barbeque facilities, parkland, playgrounds, and nearby coffee shops, it’s the perfect gathering–place for locals and visitors to enjoy a day in Cairns.
Incorporated with the lagoon’s sandy shores is extensive decking, most of which has been built in timber that cannot be expected to last forever in the tropical conditions. Cairns Regional Council is currently trialling recycled plastic Enduroplank™ decking and Replas profiles as a long life-cycle alternative to timber. In mid-2016 two Enduroplank™. platforms were placed at the lagoon’s edge for testing and observation. All the signs are that the product is a sound fit and the right solution for enhancing the lagoon facility long-term, when the timber needs to be replaced.
If visiting Townsville, QLD., find time to walk or drive up Castle Hill for the view. Look out over the city below, the Ross River countryside in one direction, the sea and Magnetic island in the other. Castle Hill is particularly popular in the evening, as dusk settles, the sun sets and the city lights come on.
Castle Hill Lookout caters well for its visitors, and includes a number of sun shelters, now clad in recycled plastic. Townsville City Council found that timber wasn’t lasting long up on the exposed heritage-listed granite monolith. So they turned to 45 mm by 60 mm Replas profiles for the slatted roofs. The recycled plastic bends easy to create the pleasing flow effect of the design, it looks good and can be assured to last through tropical heat and wet.
Shellharbour is a coastal local government area just south of Wollongong, NSW. and approximately 120 km from Sydney. When Shellharbour City Council provided a new beach access across the sandy foreshore, the decision to go with Enduroplank™ was as straightforward as the pathway they would end up with. The new 2400 mm-wide wide recycled plastic beach access is straight and true, provides perfect footing for beach-goers, and the grey planks look just right in the natural environment.
Supporting the Enduroplank™ platform are 90 mm x 40 mm x 3.6 metre Replas profile joists. This construction creates an all-recycled plastic solution, each square metre of which saved the equivalent to 7,500 plastic bags from going to landfill.
In Goldsborough Valley along the Wajil walk, Queensland Government’s Department of National Parks has used recycled plastic profiles to form staircases on the track’s steeper parts. The grey 200 mm x 40 mm Replas planks provide a highly effective solution at the site in Wooroonooran National Park. Using products made of recycled plastic, Parks staff can pretty much simply install and forget. The highly-durable profiles will not rot like timber and there’s no danger of nasty chemicals leeching onto the tropical rainforest floor. When the step cavities are filled with crushed rock, the recycled plastic boards lock in place to provide secure footing for the many visitors who take the walk.
Wajil walk is 48 km south of Cairns, a moderate walk that takes you from the carpark through the rainforest to a lookout over Kearney Falls. Return time one hour.
For more than 15 years the communities of South Gippsland Shire, Victoria have shown their green credentials as fantastic supporters of recycled plastic products. Take for instance the Replas Daintree Seats that you see throughout the district when visiting or passing through. And while this street furniture looks like it was installed just last month, when it comes to recycled plastic looks can be deceiving. Some of these seats have been supporting people for many years.
Durability and low-to-no-maintenance, that’s the beauty of recycled plastic. But wait, there’s more. It is extra satisfying to know that soft plastic waste collected through Coles Supermarkets has been utilised as a valuable resource, recycled into highly-functional furniture and other products. Instead of being shipped offshore or buried as landfill.