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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.

Sidewalk solution in Unley

South Australia’s City of Unley is very proud of its beautiful tree lined streets, but the same tress that breathe life into the city are also responsible for breaking up the footpaths, causing safety issues.

The council continually had to repair the footpath, due to tree roots bursting through the bitumen. Because of the significance of the trees, they could not be removed, meaning a large portion of council funds were going into maintaining the footpath.

What was needed was a solution that was not only sustainable, but had an extremely long lifespan. Replas provided the answer in Enduroplanking™, installed over a raised composite fibre base, with recycled plastic capping used for a kick rail.

This provided the council with a completely timber-free solution, offering immense street appeal whilst also being cost effective. The footpath now has an expected lifespan in excess of 40 years, and, importantly, has allowed the integrity of the tree roots to be preserved.

Stars come out under lights

The new look Manly Cricket Oval was unveiled to the public last month, during a celebrity Twenty20 match. The ground has been completely overhauled, with the installation of four new light towers and a brand new Replas picket fence.

The 420 metre fence consists of 160 recycled plastic panels, supported by square bollards. These materials are ideal for this beachside application as they will not split, splinter or rot.

Not only is the Replas fencing a low maintenance option, it is also environmentally sustainable. The plastic used for this fence is equal to over 210,000 two-litre milk bottles, or nearly 430 cubic metres of landfill.

This project was made possible through the provision of grant funding to Manly Council from the New South Wales Department of Climate Change and the Environment. This new upgrade will ensure that the Manly Oval remains a popular venue for players and spectators alike.

‘We all know that Manly Oval is one of the best grounds in Sydney,’ said Mayor Jean Hay. ‘And now with the beautiful white picket fence surrounding it and these new lights shining from above, it simply looks spectacular.’

Forward Thinking

The team at Port Stephens Council in New South Wales have chosed to construct these beachfront stairs with Replas stair treads, profiles and bollards. The council has used Replas products previously, and have always been happy with the results.

Andrew Henderson, of the Port Stephens Council, commented that although the purchase price of Replas products is often a little higher than that of alternative products, the longevity of the product is a wise investment for the future.

‘Not only are we cutting back on maintenance and replacement costs, but the fact that we are saving massive amounts of landfill gives us more than enough reason to continue to update our construction methods, and create a greener future for our children,’ he explained.

Easy Access for Beachgoers Year Round

Pictured here is the new Replas access ramp at the beautiful Killarney Beach, near Port Fairy in Victoria. The ramp was commissioned by the Killarney Recreation Reserve Committee in conjuction with Moyne Shire Council, and has been designed for both excessive sand coverage and safe beach access during high tides in winter.

Moyne Shire Council’s Environmental Officer, Richard Hodgens, chose Enduroplank™ for its ability to withstand moisture for a prolonged period of time. The council is committed to green purchasing, and Replas is proud to supply them with environmentally sustainable products.

Surrounded by the elements

A safety audit by Life Saving Victoria in 2006 recommended a major aquatic safety signage upgrade in the Borough of Queenscliffe. The Point Lonsdale beach has been identified as one of the most hazardous beaches in the region, and the need for comprehensive hazard identification signage was seen as a priority.

In partnership with the Department of Sustainability, the Borough of Queenscliffe chose to install Replas Paddle signs at every beach access point where significant hazards exist.

The locations of the signs are in exposed coastal positions, and the choice of Replas signs provided the council with an environmentally sustainable, visually appealing and robust option that is lightweight and easy to install.

Best of all, the signs can be updated as required by simply changing the panel, and the council is looking forward to many years of trouble-free safety signage.

Trailing Trackmarkers

Replas’ Trackmarker signs have recently been installed along the Mountains Rail Trail, along the length of the Murray River in Victoria. The signs display regulatory and directional information, and can be seen between Wahgunyah and Rutherglen.

Indigo Shire Council’s Project Engineer, Dan Wilkinson, selected Replas’ Trackmarker signs for safety reasons. ‘As they are low to the ground, the display the information directly in the line of sight of cyclists, rather than high up on standard steel poles,’ he explained.