At Settlers Run Golf & Country Club southeast of Melbourne, Victoria, an Enduroplank™ bridge takes golfers across a water hazard on the 8th fairway. The waterway is prone to flooding, which meant the previous timber structure was under constant repairs and maintenance.
While attending a green keepers’ seminar held at Settlers Run recently, Replas’ Ben McCulloch inspected the recycled plastic Enduroplank™decking, and it showed no signs of wear or tear. Club officials confirmed to Ben that the bridge has needed no attention since installation some 12 months earlier, despite a number of floods. Seminar attendees accompanying Ben on his inspection round were all in agreement that the Enduroplank™ bridge was a highly successful golf course improvement.
The $8 million Walker Rd Sporting and Recreation Precinct is a large development in Edmonton, Qld. that provides a hub for formal sport in the southern corridor of Cairns. The facilities will eventually cater for a total of nine competitive field sports, from cricket to vigoro, athletics to oztag. There is also a considerable recreational element with open spaces for exercise, walking, cycling, and arts & cultural installations.
In selecting products for the Precinct’s fitout, Cairns Regional Council chose recycled plastic where practical, acknowledging Replas bollards and fence pickets as the best long-term solutions for this project. Recycled plastic’s durability in the face of tropical weather, and its resistance to termites are just two of the material’s benefits that council researchers established when assessing their park furniture options. The Replas bollards are used extensively for traffic control around the car parks and streetscapes, while the picket fence that surrounds the main playing oval uses over 3,900 white recycled plastic pickets.
City of Parramatta Council, NSW recently had to replace the old and weathered timber decking on Bill Brewer Bridge, which crosses a creek on the Parramatta river cycle way. The council chose to use brown Enduroplank™ recycled plastic decking, the non-slip, earth-friendly, sustainable option that blends in with the natural environment of its surroundings. The maintenance-free and durable nature of Enduroplank™ means that this bridge will look as good as it does now in years to come.
The bridge, located in Rydalmere, was named after Bill Brewer, who had a particular interest in public transport, strongly supported cycling and used a bicycle as his main way of getting around. Bill contributed to cycleway development throughout Sydney through his membership of Bicycle NSW and Western Sydney Cyclists Action Group (CAMWEST).
At the Mark Taylor Oval in Waitara, NSW, Hornsby Shire Council has replaced the old, dented, rusted and weathered metal picket fence with a structure using environmentally sustainable recycled plastic pickets. And it looks a picture, the sparkling white picket fence forming the perfect cricket oval boundary. The maintenance-free and durable nature or recycled plastic pickets mean this fence will stand up to the impact of fours and sixes driven, swept and slogged for years to come. While white is the colour of cricket and rounded tops the practical style for this site, recycled plastic pickets come in a range of colours and top profiles.
Formerly Waitara Oval, the home of Northern District Cricket Club has been re-named in recognition of the former Australian cricket captain and opening batsman who played grade cricket for Northern Districts. Mark Taylor scored 7,525 test runs over a ten year period and retired in 1999.
Fuller Park, Edmonton, Qld. is a Cairns district recreational facility with BMX track, children’s playground, sports fields and picnic areas, where Cairns Regional Council recently installed some new-look signs. For durability in the tropical climate they chose to use recycled plastic signage products. To accommodate the information they wished to convey, they selected the plank-sign style.
Staying with the theme of modern eco-friendly materials as a substitute for timber that doesn’t last nearly as long, the council also decked out a new park bridge using Trex® planks. For the colour they selected Island Mist, the cool, grey board with calm, silvery tones and surface texture combining to mimic the weathered look of driftwood. Trex® decking is very hard wearing and the perfect choice for bridge applications in the Cairns area.
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre is one of the most impressive sports and recreation arenas in the Southern Hemisphere. MSAC is recognised for its state-of-the-art aquatic facilities, such as the world’s first 50 m swimming pool with a moveable floor. So it is no coincidence that Replas recycled plastic bollards have for many years been preferred for traffic control in the facility’s car parks.
Being one of the best-used and largest aquatic centres in Australia, MSAC represents a big community investment and maintenance is taken very seriously. The green recycled plastic 145 mm bollards that surround the parking areas have been in place for over eight years with very few signs of aging. That’s in stark contrast to their timber counterparts. The facility’s management and all the many users can rest assured that these Replas bollards will last and keep doing their job for many years to come.