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Bridging the gap

In 2008, the Sunshine Coast Council purchased three bridges to be installed by the Bridge Maintenance Division. Replas provided assistance and instruction to the team, as did staff from Wagners—who manufacture the composite fibre.

The bridges have a composite fibre sub-structure with an Enduroplank™ deck. Two of the bridges form part of a trail that is used by horses. This presented an issue as horses require a solid surface underfoot in order to feel safe. The council solved the problem by using a wet pour rubber over the top of the Enduroplank™.

The council is very happy with the look and presentation of the bridges and is looking forward to the extra life span with almost zero maintenance.

Sitting room at Sea Lake

Buloke Shire Council, in North-West Victoria, recently purchased some recycled-plastic benches and seats to replace old, weathered seating in Apex Park at Sea Lake.

The council chose Replas products because they wanted to support a locally made product and they believe recycled plastic offers a good alternative to the traditional wooden and steel structures currently on the market.

Ken King, from Buloke Shire Council, says, ‘The seats were easy to assemble and handle,’ adding, ‘We need to think positively about recycling and our environment, even in rural areas such as ours, recycling plastic into park seating and furniture is a positive move’.

Walking the talk at St Kilda

The City of Port Phillip, an inner city council in Melbourne, Victoria, would like to distinguish itself as a leader in sustainable procurement. So when an existing timber boardwalk structure along St Kilda foreshore had reached the end of its useful life expectancy the council looked for an alternative product.

Alison Breach, Landscape Architect with the City of Port Phillip, says, ‘The site is a protected foreshore vegetation area. It seemed hypocritical to fell trees to protect plants.’ After considering a variety of options, Replas products were chosen because they are durable in foreshore conditions as well as being attractive, long lasting and sustainable.

The result is a 300-metre non-slip boardwalk, made from Enduroplank™, with a sand-coloured composite fibre sub-structure that blends beautifully into this beach location. With no metal or timber, the boardwalk will have a greater life expectancy and reduced maintenance costs.

Importantly, the boardwalk is raised to protect the flora and fauna in the surrounding area. Three floating pathways leading to the beach also encourage visitors to keep to the path and help preserve this sensitive environment.

Alison says, ‘The community has been very supportive,’ of the installation, adding they are pleased that a recycled local product which is both environmentally and aesthetically pleasing was used.

Australian First for Gold Coast

In an Australian first, the Gold Coast Council has installed Enduroplank™ decking as a floating platform over soft sand—specifically designed to give wheelchair access right to the water’s edge.

Various other types of products had been trialled by the council before choosing Enduroplank™’, but the solid grooved surface of the Enduroplank™ decking provided an ideal non-slip surface for wheelchair accessibility.

The decking was laid on top of the sand using recycled-plastic bearers to hold the planks in place.

There was no need for piers into the beach as the whole platform interlocks. In this situation it will have a life span of over forty years.

The council said they liked that the, ‘grey colour of the deck blends in with the natural colours surrounding it, making it non-obtrusive’.  It also doubles as a pedestrian beach access which is very easy to walk on and will not burn the soles of your feet.

The project consumed the equivalent of over 35,000 plastic two-litre milk containers and saved about 85 cubic metres of landfill. The council says they are happy that they, ‘can use a product that is not only efficient in its application, but practical and environmentally friendly’.

Yarra Boulevard on the right track

If you find yourself on the bike track along the Yarra Boulevard, Melbourne, look down as you pass under Swan Street bridge and you will notice the track has been enhanced by the addition of a 150m long recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ deck.

Mark Donnellan, Capital Works Officer with the City of Yarra, says the council supports recycling, ‘as part of a suite of things we can do to operate more sustainably and to use recycled products where appropriate’.

The council chose Enduroplank™ for its durability and longevity. Mark says they are looking forward to much, ‘less maintenance than the timber it replaced’.

 

A lasting tribute

When residents of The Great Lakes Council in NSW, apply for a memorial seat they now have the option of purchasing a hard wearing recycled-plastic seat from Replas.

Kris Koch, Parks Asset Officer at the council, says, ‘We tell the applicant that it is a seat made from recycled products, which they are happy to pay the extra for, as opposed to the timber seats’.

Kris says, ‘Everyone who has purchased a seat is extremely pleased with the final product and happy that the seat will handle all the elements thrown at it’.

Brisbane trees breathe easy

Brisbane City Council has been one of the first to take advantage of our new range of brown products. The council wanted to create an outdoor lunch and meeting area, but any solution needed to be mindful of the heritage listed tree root system.

Replas was able to provide a floating, two level deck, which has no piers going into the ground. Brown was chosen as the colour for the Enduroplank™, and black was used for the edging, creating a clean, stylish look. Because of the unusual shape of the platforms, furniture was custom built to accommodate the angles and lengths.

Council staff now has an outdoor area that is not only neat and comfortable, but helps protect the integrity of the trees.

Bowled over by Bollards

In the past, the Murray Shire Council has used a timber post and rail system along their sporting grounds. With constant maintenance and replacement, Council member Luke Keogh believes the treated pine is a ‘thing of the past’. Recently, Murray Shire Council has ordered 100 bollards for around the Moama Sports Club. Not only do these new bollards look great, they will outlast timber, are maintenance free and, most importantly, represent amazing value for the council.

‘Recycled plastic is the future look that we, as a council, are after. It both benefits the environment and shows our local community that the council is very focused on sustainable products and outcomes.’

Return to Ferntree Gully

When Replas designed a 75 metre pedestrian boardwalk in Ferntree Gully, Knox City Council were so delighted with the finished structure that they had no hesitation in asking us to complete stage two of the project. The result is a stunning staircase that compliments both the boardwalk, and surrounding residential development.

The council had already realised the benefits of using composite fibre and Enduroplanking™ - competitive pricing, longevity and no maintenance. While the composite fibre is extremely strong, the fact that it is so light and comes pre-cut also meant the installation time was cut in half!!

Beautiful Busselton

The seaside resort of Busselton in Western Australia is home to the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty.

The beautiful beach alongside the jetty is popular with tourists and locals alike, and the council have recently installed some brightly coloured, undercover benches.

Swimming lessons are conducted on the beach, and swimmers and instructors are delighted as they can now comfortably sit in the shade, whilst their bags and equipment can be stored underneath the benches.

The local council was keen to use recycled products, and Replas was proud to supply the benches. The new addition to the beach has been a hit, with visitors jostling to get a spot.