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Congratulations  to Victoria’s Casey City Council for picking up the trophy for ‘Excellence in Green Purchasing’ at the 2009 ECO-Buy Awards.

Held at the National Gallery of Victoria on May 20, the ceremony aimed to acknowledge local governments and businesses for their green purchasing programs. The City of Casey has been leading by example for nearly a decade, purchasing more than 10,000 bollards, as well as signage, furniture and Enduroplank™ decking.

The council’s commitment to saving the environment by choosing non-timber alternatives is an inspiration, and the award is well deserved.

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!!

Due to expanding tourist numbers, the observation tower at Queensland's Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club needed easier and safer access ramps. The solution was to install Enduroplank™ decking and Replas profiles, a long-lasting and affordable solution.

The access ramp took two contractors only one day to install, and required no large equipment onsite. Easy and effective, and just look at the results!

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.

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.

Just north of Cairns, Queensland, the picturesque Toohey Creek flows through the Crater Lakes National Park. The bridge over the creek was recently upgraded using Enduroplank™ decking, ideal for the humid conditions in far north Queensland as they will outlast timber alternatives by many years.

 

The timber boat ramp at Queensland's Woodgate Beach had deteriorated so badly it needed urgent replacing, something the local council had not budgeted for. As the original wooden support structure was in reasonable condition, the council decided to cut costs by placing our Enduroplank™ decking directly over the timber base, creating a new smooth surface that vehicles can safely drive over to launch their boats.

Recycled plastic will easily outlast wood in these harsh conditions: in another ten years, when the wooden support structure has reached the end of its life, the Enduroplanks™ will be as good as new.

 

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.

Nestled in the heart of Airlie Beach is the Airlie Beach Hotel, with its unrivalled location at the hub of the esplanade. The hotel boasts several restaurants, one of which is the relaxed, Mexican-themed Cactus Jack’s, located right on the beach.

Collaboration between proprietors Mark and Linda Bell and the Whitsunday Regional Council has seen  Enduroplank™ decking laid on the esplanade to create a sustainable alfresco dining area.

The Kuranda Railway Station in Nth Qld opened in 1910 to aid transportation between the town and Cairns. These days the only cargo carried is the many tourists that flock to the area each year.

When Qld Rail needed to refurbish the pedestrian bridge at this heritage station they wanted to use a product that would outlast timber and reduce maintenance costs. They chose Enduroplank™, in a wood grain finish with composite fibre joists beneath, ensuring a long-lasting and worry-free solution for the station.