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Workout in Rye

On the water’s edge in Rye, Victoria, there has been some Replas Fitness Trails equipment installed by Garry Bos, one of Replas’ Diamond Alliance members.

Instigated by Richard Brennan, Head Ranger for the Whitecliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore, they chose this equipment because it was long-lasting and would require minimal maintenance, even in such a harsh and salty environment.

With no moving parts, this static exercise equipment allows for a full-body workout, without any moving parts that are liable to fail.

Made from a combination of recycled plastic, composite fibre and marine grade 316 stainless steel, all components of this equipment are designed to last the distance.

The community loves the new installation, with many beach goers and exercise enthusiasts incorporating the station into their regular workouts and beach runs.

    

Easy access for Victor Harbor

The City of Victor Harbor was after a robust, long-lasting staircase with little maintenance.

Replas happily obliged with the installation of a staircase using Enduroplank™ and composite fibre.

The Enduroplank™ is a strong, timber-free option which allows easy access to the beautiful beach and to the harbour, only increasing the attraction that is the favoured holiday destination just one hour from Adelaide.

Enter the wild… safely

When walking through the wilderness it’s especially important to know that you are safe and in good hands, but sometimes rough terrain can turn a peaceful stroll into a nightmare. Don’t panic, there is good news on the horizon!

Located at Maidenwell in the South Burnett Region is the famous Coomba Falls swimming hole. The staircase provides access through the use of Replas’ Enduroplank™ which is supported by easy to install composite fibre.

The structure has now been in place for 15 months and looks just as good as the day it was finished.

Installed by Replas’ Diamond Club member ARD Projects, the boardwalk’s success has led to plans for a new lower section that is due to be installed early in the new year.

  

 

Footbridge hits the mark

On budget and on time, that’s the target every project aims for. Add in a material that’s durable as well as sustainable and you have a winning combination that really hits the mark.

A stunning 56 metre pedestrian bridge across Rifle Range Creek at Bagara has just been completed by Bundaberg Council in Queensland using Enduroplank™ decking with a composite fibre sub-structure.

‘This is a fantastic and much anticipated project which has completed a missing link of our Coastal Turtle Trail,’ said Bundaberg Divisional Councillor Greg Barnes. The materials chosen are both perfect in this coastal location as they are extremely hard wearing, long lasting and will not corrode, rust, or rot—unlike many alternatives.

  

 

 

Oscar and Ophelia

Two ospreys have spent the past 20 years returning to waters off Ceduna in South Australia, to breed on nests constructed by former oyster farmer Royce Hart. Having replaced the wooden structure six times, when the weather took its toll again it was decided a more durable material was needed.

Replas came to the bird’s rescue and provided composite fibre and recycled plastic which was used to create a new structure. The ospreys, nicknamed Oscar and Ophelia, come back each year to hatch their chicks and now have a nest that will last for more than forty years without the need for maintenance.

Brighton rocks with Replas

Three years ago Holdfast Bay Council approached Replas with a concept for Coast Park that included an up-market set of pedestrian structures, viewing decks and beach access pathways.

John Perkins, Project Officer Infrastructure, City of Holdfast Bay, said, ‘With this project we wanted to use products that would serve us for the long term, reducing our maintenance’.

John said, ‘This product and this project has turned out extremely well and we are happy with the material that has been used in this location’.

Recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ decking was chosen because it is sustainable and also highly durable. Composite fibre provided the perfect sub-structure as it is three times stronger than steel, one third of the weight and doesn't corrode in a high-salinity environment.

The first stage of this boardwalk alone has saved the equivalent of 2.1 million plastic bags from landfill.

   

Shorty’s Staircase

A revisit to the boardwalk at Lennox Point, shows the beach pathway is still in pristine condition almost four years after it was installed. A plaque on the staircase commemorates Ron (Shorty) Connors who according to local legend was the heart and soul of surfing in the 60s & 70s. The long-lasting Enduroplank™ provides a fitting platform for a dedication that needs to stand the test of time.

  

Built to last

Fort Courage is home to the Wentworth Angling Club and the location of monthly fishing competitions. Replas recently supplied materials for the construction of an access structure to two floating pontoons located along this magnificent stretch of the Murray River.

Steve Govan, the caretaker of Fort Courage Caravan Park, said that the materials were selected because, ‘there was no maintenance required and the structure would be there forever’. The composite fibre and Enduroplank™ structure, which was constructed by Diamond Club Member DFAB, is built to withstand 10 year flood levels. The team took under four days to complete the structure and Steve commended them on their ability to work together and to get the job done.

Creating better structures

Composite fibre is becoming the product of choice for clients looking for an alternative to traditional timber structures. It is low maintenance and light, yet extremely strong and can be pre-assembled on site or freighted in complete. Replas is very experienced in creating structures using composite fibre and offers a complete service from design to installation.

Under Construction

Tasmania’s largest construction company Fairbrother & John Holland teamed up to build the new Menzies Centre Building. Composite Fibre (FRP) bearers were specified for the substructure below the outdoor deck areas with 600 lm of product used. While the Fairbrother/John Holland tradespeople onsite were unfamiliar with FRP, they found it easy to work with. The major benefit it that it will long outlast timber which would have been the more traditional material chosen.