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In the beautiful but often harsh environment of coastal Southland in New Zealand what better way to signal a welcome to beaches and parkland than with hardy Replas Plank Signs. Thatā€™s what the staff of Southland District Council decided when signage at nine of their popular seaside reserves needed replacement. Not only did it fall well inside the budget, but they will also save on future maintenance.Ā 


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At Sandy Cape Recreation Park in Western Australia a boardwalk was built to hug the undulating coastal sand dunes. Constructed in 2010 from recycled plastic Enduroplankā„¢ decking the boardwalk offers spectacular 360 degree views of the area.

ā€˜Having the boardwalk there helps to make Sandy Cape a multi-purpose attraction suitable for a whole range of visitors. Some people visit for the sandboarding dunes, some for 4WD tracks, some for the campsite, some for the beaches and bays. The boardwalk is one of the many attractions that entice more people to visit and enjoy the area.ā€™Ā Alison Slyns, Tourism and Marketing Coordinator, Shire of Dandaragan.

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Enduroplankā„¢ beach access was installed at Otaki back in 2011. Since then, Kapiti Coast District Council has been keeping an eye on how the product is fairing. Three years on the structure is still impeccable, despite the weather it's been subject to. When the council decided to improve public beach access down the coast at Waikanae, reliable Replas was the first choice.

Visitors of the west coast beaches no longer have to trek through the dunes to get there. At two spots on the foreshore, the Enduroplankā„¢ allows easy access to the car parks. The original structure continues to look brand new, proving the longevity of recycled-plastic. The Kapiti Coast has saved 540 kilograms of plastic waste from landfill. These unique sustainable access points will be around for the long-term.

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South Maroubra beach, in NSW, is a popular surfing spot. Randwick Council recently installed 145 mm bollards from Replas along the beach access near the Surf Club to help protect the vegetation surrounding the pathways. Recycled plastic is perfect in this coastal area as it is resistant to salt water and requires minimal maintenance. According to one of the councilā€™s installers they have installed hundreds of these bollards and find them to be a great product.

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National surfing Reserves are ā€˜iconicā€™ places of intrinsic environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value to a nation. NSR is an organisation that recognises and dedicates surfing sites throughout Australia. The natural and rugged section of coast between Red Bluff and the Murchison River mouth in Western Australia is an area that is surfed and enjoyed by all. The aim of this reserve is to keep this unique area in its present form for all future generations.

The site of this dedication is marked by two recycled-plastic surfboard shaped seats from Replas. These sustainable Beachcomber seats are a perfect complement to this site as they are environmentally-friendly and will last beautifully in this harsh coastal location.

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Lighthouse Beach is seven kilometres south of Port Macquarie, NSW, and is a favourite with surfers and holiday makers. A simple sign made from recycled plastic bollards and profile looks perfect in this coastal setting. Looks don't tell the whole story though, because this sign is also a high achiever when it comes to performance. Waste plastic collected throughout the community has been used to create this beach themed sign that will not rot, crack, split or need painting and will proudly announce the beach entrance to visitors for many years to come.

Shoalhaven Shire Council, in NSW, has purchased numerous recycled-plastic signs to direct people along various walking tracks and paths. But when it came to the stunning view at Bannisters Head in Mollymook they knew it all had to come to a stop. A stunning view like this called for a pretty spectacular seat to stop and enjoy the scenery.

A Big Bench from Replas fit the bill beautifully. This virtually maintenance-free structure offers a viewing platform, a place to throw out a picnic, or simply an opportunity to stop and appreciate a product that has saved waste plastic from going to landfill.

Conscious of environmental issues, Sutherland Shire Council, in NSW, not only has a desalination plant, but they also recycle their plastic. Less than 3 kms from the plant, at Bonna Point, Kurnell, this boat ramp is made from Enduroplankā„¢ recycled-plastic decking which is not only environmentally friendly, but also perfect in a marine environment as it is resistant to moisture and microorganisms.