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Situated among the lush, tropical gardens of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is the Rockhampton Zoo, home to over 50 species of Australian native and exotic animals. One main feature of the zoo is the Free Flight Aviary, home to many colourful birds including dazzling King parrots, Major Mitchell and black cockatoos.

The aviary has a brand new raised pathway, constructed from Enduroplank™ decking and composite fibre, to allow visitors comfortable access through the flight path of the birds.

Enduroplank™ is the ideal product for Rockhampton’s humid conditions as it won’t rot or attract slippery fungal growth, outlasting timber decking by many years.

It will soon be easier than ever to get around the laid back city of Mackay, with the addition of the new Bluewater Trail. The 21-kilometre shared pedestrian-cycle trail encircles the city and will link several tourist attractions, including the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Quay and the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

The trail incorporates a walkway—The Pioneer Environmental Walk—which is under water four weeks of the year. Mackay Regional Council needed a product for this part of the trail that could withstand such conditions, so the natural choice was Replas’ recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ with a composite fibre sub-structure from Wagners.

The 1.2km footpath, 30 m bridge over Alligator Creek and 1 km of boardwalk was installed by Abergeldie Constructions.

The final appearance of the completed boardwalk is a credit to all involved. The products incorporated into the project offered a superior product over conventional methods and products used in the past.

John Board, QLD Construction Manager with Abergeldie Constructions.

This expression has become the Replas motto, when we recommend products from our range to replace rotten and damaged timber signage, outdoor furniture, traffic control products and decking.

Pictured here is the recently refurbished boardwalk at the beautiful Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve in the Northern Territory. The existing wooden structure had become unsafe due to its exposure to damp conditions during the wet season, and required urgent replacing. Rather than replace the timber decking with more timber, the NT Parks and Wildlife Service sensibly decided to invest in a recycled‐plastic boardwalk.

Recycled‐plastic will last for more than 40 years without maintenance and won’t split or rot, making it the perfect choice for these extreme conditions.

At 1.2 kilometres long, the boardwalk is Australia’s longest recycled‐plastic structure, winding its way through a variety of habitats, including monsoon and paperbark forests.

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.

The Mount Henry Jetty in Western Australia was originally constructed to support the infrastructure works on the Mount Henry Bridge. Recently, however, the jetty was renovated for public use.

Enduroplank™ decking was used, along with recycled-plastic capping and fenders. Unlike wooden planking, which can be awkward to work with due to knots and differently sized sections, every Enduroplank™ is identical, allowing consistent quality and an easy installation.

 

When an existing timber beach access ramp adjacent to the Otaki Surf Lifesaving Club in New Zealand had deteriorated to the point where it was a safety hazard,  Kapiti Coast District Council needed to consider their options. KCDC Planner Stu Kilmister said, ‘We have been looking for 

some time at using recycled-plastic products in our parks and elsewhere and the Otaki Beach project presented a suitable opportunity to trial the new material’s benefits.‘We could have simply replaced like with like,’ said Mr Kilmister, ‘but it is a very hard site for treated timber.’ An Enduroplank™ recycled-plastic deck from Replas proved to be the ideal solution in this harsh marine environment.

The use of recycled plastic fits well with the council’s stance on sustainability, however Mr Kilmister said, ‘any new material or process must prove its economic benefit’. Metal Art—the New Zealand distributor for Replas— worked closely with the council to ensure the project brief was met within budget.

"We will be watching the performance of the product closely over the next 12-24 months and will be looking for other opportunities to roll this product out on other beach access ways in future". Stu Kilmister, Planner, Kapti Coast District Council.

    

     

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.

With tens of thousands of footy fans crossing over the MCG Bridge each month the bridge needed to be able to take more than a little friendly barracking.

Vic Track—a government rail business, responsible for the oldest of three pedestrian bridges linking the busy Melbourne Park to MCG precincts—required a firm to complete a resurfacing project. The wooden planks were covered with marine ply and coated with non-slip compound. However, the marine ply had started to rot, split and twist which caused the non-slip coating to fall off. This created safety concerns and also required ongoing maintenance.

Vic Track decided to replace the marine ply and non-slip coating with Enduroplank™. This has provided them with a great product which has eliminated maintenance costs and improved slip resistance on this highly utilised foot-bridge.

The new decking was quickly and easily installed by a Replas Diamond Club member—one of our many qualified partners whose expertise ensures a quality installation. Vic Track is so happy with the finished product they are considering more projects around Victoria.

Replas has just completed construction of a 75 metre composite fibre and recycled plastic pedestrian boardwalk complete with stairs in Victoria’s Ferntree Gully.

The brief was simple: the structure had to be environmentally sustainable, long lasting, low maintenance and above all, safe. Replas’ composite fibre and recycled plastic ticked all the boxes, and the ease of installation resulted in construction that was a fraction of the price of timber and steel alternatives!

Composite fibre is stronger than steel; its innovative design allows components to be seamlessly combined with Replas’ stair treads, Enduroplanking™ and bollards, resulting in structures created without the use of traditional products.

These products will last for more than 40 years without maintenance, and won’t rust, split or rot.

 

Victoria’s very first $3.5 million dollar water theme-park is now open!

Adventure Park in Geelong features a recycled-plastic bridge as its point of entry. Designers chose the Enduroplank™ due to its appearance and durability. Other bridges at the complex are also built from the Enduroplank™ material.