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Clever move by NZ council

 

New Zealand Replas distributor Metal Art has worked with Hutt City Council on many projects over the past few years with great success. When new picnic settings were needed at Avalon Park and the Alicetown Community Centre reserve, Metal Art worked in conjunction with the council to come up with a solution. The addition of chess boards to the new recycled-plastic settings was a clever strategy to ensure these parks attract even more visitors in the future. 

‘The new tables are a great way to encourage families to spend more time at the park. Avalon is what we describe as a ‘destination park. This means it attracts people from across the Wellington region. We want amenities that will give them lots to do when they get here … the Replas table settings are ideal.’ - Judy Robb, Horticultural Manager, Hutt City Council.

Traditional Look—Modern Solution

Kogarah City Council, NSW, wanted to replace an old picket fence at Merriman Reserve as the existing timber was deteriorating. They wanted the traditional look of a picket fence, but were frustrated by the high maintenance costs of timber.

Replas was able to match the style and colour of the old fence with recycled-plastic pickets which are very low maintenance and will never need painting. Damien Duggan, Parks Technical Officer at the council, said he found the installation process to be easy, adding that as a result of this experience, ‘Council would look at different products Replas produce to use in the future’.

Sorell Council: Pioneering sustainability

 

Inspired by an article they had seen in a previous edition of Recycled Plastic News, Sam Fenney and Wayne Mason from Sorell Council, in Tasmania,  found a novel use for our large profiles when they decided to incorporate them into a fence they were designing for the newly renovated Pioneer Park.

They wanted a solution that was sustainable, long lasting and low-maintenance, but which also looked good. The council had previously used recycled-plastic bollards, from Replas, to define walkways and garden beds in areas which have a harsh marine environment. As a re


The large profiles were mounted horizontally to achieve the striking ranch-style fence. The park was further complemented by recycled-plastic bollards along paths and flowerbeds with recycled-plastic wheel-stops used in the car parks.sult of this experience Sam and Wayne were confident that recycled plastic was the right choice for them.

'I am very impressed with Replas’ products. It is exciting to see plastic waste benefiting the community and is great to be supporting a company that is diverting waste from landfill while saving trees, energy and other natural resources’, Cr Carmel Torenius, Mayor of Sorell Council.

Green solution for Blue Pool

Bermagui, in NSW, has two excellent tide-filled swimming pools set among the rocks—one for adults and one for children, known collectively as 'The Blue Pool'. Apart from safety and fresh salt-water, The Blue Pool also offers spectacular views of the coast.

The original staircase was very steep with uneven treads and risers and subject to weed and algal growth which presented a slip hazard to users. To overcome this problem Bega Valley Shire Council decided to fix Enduroplank™ to the top of the concrete step treads, providing greater traction. David Buckley from the council says, ‘the plastic material has proved both less prone to weed growth and much easier to remove any growth that does occur’.

There was only one small picnic table setting servicing the entire pool—an early Replas setting— which David said ‘had withstood the environment extremely well’. This was replaced with four matching Kookaburra picnic tables and bench seats.

Also replaced were the old timber slab bench seats which were narrow, deteriorating and required regular maintenance. Recycled-plastic Kookaburra bench seats now complete the picture.

'The Blue Pool at Bega, NSW, is situated on the ocean foreshore and is subject to extremes of coastal weather and coastal action. We were therefore looking for a material that would withstand these conditions in the long term and require minimal maintenance. We also wanted a product that was functional and stylish. The Replas suite of products met all these requirements.’

David Buckley Federal Infrastructure Projects Project Coordinator, BVSC.

Wyndham on track with new staircase

BMX bike riders in the City of Wyndham are now enjoying an upgraded BMX Track at Werribee, Victoria.

As part of the improvements a recycled-plastic staircase has been installed, which makes it easier for race officials to get to the top of the start ramp.

Ramani Dorairaj, from Wyndham City council said they ‘wanted to try using an alternative material from the usual timber/concrete stairs’. Council also wanted to use recycled/sustainable materials and thus be more environmentally friendly. Adding that as a result of this experience they would definitely be keen to use Replas products again.

Recycled plastic—not on the menu!

A group of unusual saltwater clams with very small shells have had Kempsey Shire Council, in NSW scratching for answers. The timber in the wharf at Macleay River was continually being eaten by the mollusc, known locally as Cobra Worm or Shipworm. According to Jeff Hirst from the council this meant, ‘it had to be replaced every two years’.

Finally the worm has been defeated with the installation of a new recycled-plastic platform. While recycled plastic has many features it cannot claim to be at all appetising to Cobra Worms!

‘Royal’ approval for Enduroplank™

When the timber decking at the lookout at Royal Park in Tasmania needed replacing, Launceston City Council wanted to find a more sustainable solution. The forward thinking Parks team decided recycled plastic was the answer.

The longevity of Enduroplank™ will ensure that the decking looks as stunning as the views of the beautiful Tamar River for many years to come.

Cyclists covered in Boroondara

'The ARMCO barrier protection treatment has been accepted as a standard treatment to address similar situations along shared pathways. Great job!’

Bhushan Jani, Transport Engineer, City of Boroondara.

The City of Boroondara recently commissioned Replas to design and install a protective barrier for cyclists to cover the sharp metal edges of the guardrails along the edge of a local shared path.

Bollard 'Tops' in Darwin

The Darwin City Council has installed Replas bollards in the new Convention Centre precinct on the Darwin waterfront. Recycled-plastic bollards are being used almost exclusively throughout the NT because of their resistance to termites and ability to tolerate the climatic extremes of the Top End.

Your 'Plank' canvas

Plank signs are one of the most popular signs in our range and it’s no wonder. The City of Kingston and Greater Geelong Council have both taken the opportunity to customise their Plank signs to great effect.
Visit www.replas.com.au for more information.

So if you’re feeling creative, call today and let us help you design your next sign.