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The stunning views at Woolshed Falls, in Beechworth, called for an equally stunning lookout platform.

The previous timber platform had been in place about ten years and had begun to rot and split. Parks Victoria realised they needed an alternative to timber.

As they are committed to using recycled products where practicable, they chose to install an Enduroplank™ deck.

They found this was also a cheaper solution than using galvanised metal grid style of decking. John Mc Donald, Senior Ranger with Parks Victoria says they are now, ‘looking forward to less ongoing maintenance by using the plastic product’.

John also says, ‘he has been surprised by the wide range of Replas products,’ recently purchasing several plastic picnic tables for other projects in the park.

The City of Casey’s Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Victoria has upgraded their car park to accommodate more visitors. The new design includes garden beds planted with native fauna to enhance the look and feel of the building.

To protect these beds, the council commissioned six swale bridges constructed from Enduroplank™ decking and capping, to allow pedestrians easy access to the centre.

Replas is proud to be involved in the construction of  a new rainforest walkway in far north Queensland,  that Premier Anna Bligh has described as a ‘must-see’ tourist attraction.

The $10 million Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway in Wooroonooran National Park features a 2.2 kilometre forest board walk, a 340 metre-long elevated walkway and a 37 metre-high observation tower. Environmentally sustainable, durable materials were selected for the project, so as to minimise its impact on the delicate eco-system of the rain forest.

Replas products were used not only as the decking for the walkway, but also for the wall cladding of the building, and the bench seating.

Victoria's City of Casey had a problem with a badly eroded walking track alongside a local park and soccer field. Four deep depressions had formed along the path, and each winter they filled with mud and water, making the track unusable.

To fix the problem, the council decided to build a bridge over each depression, using composite fibre structures and Enduroplanks™. Installation and material costs came in under budget, and the council can now enjoy a maintenance-free solution to their problem.

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’.

 

After floods devastated the Gippsland region in June 2007, the Victorian State Government injected funds into the area to help repair some of the destruction.

One area badly affected was the coastal town of Loch Sport. The foreshore area was underwater for some time, resulting in extensive damage to the parkland and wooden walking track along the lake’s edge. When considering how to repair the track, Wellington Shire Council looked at various options, requiring a product able to withstand the harsh coastal conditions.

As shire residents are strong supporters of recycling and sustainability, the council decided that Enduroplank™ decking was the perfect solution, as it is maintenance-free and will outlast any alternative in such extreme conditions.

 

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.

Recently, the north coast of New South Wales and the south coast of Queensland experienced unprecedented stormy seas, causing severe sand dune erosion on the beaches. At the peak of the storm, waves were estimated to be as high as seven meters Four metre waves were continually smashing against the shoreline, causing significant damage.

After the storm had passed, this beach access track constructed from Replas profiles remained undamaged, easily withstanding the daily pounding of the waves.

 

Kempsey Shire Council recently installed a unique pedestrian bridge. The 45-metre long x 2.4-metre bridge, spans Salt Water Creek at the end of Mitchell Street, South West Rocks, and has made use of our amazing new technology. As the sub-structure needed to be sunk into salt-water, timber would have quickly rotted. Composite fibre combined with recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ provided the perfect solution for this bridge. Plastic posts have also been used in the handrail. The overall effect is of an elegant walkway, which complements the surrounding area. The bridge was constructed by the local Kempsey Shire bridge building crew and will last for more than 40 years without maintenance as it won’t rust, split, rot or be eaten by termites.