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Tumut walks the plank

As Tumut Shire Council had previously used Replas products and were happy with them they knew they were the answer to a worn out boardwalk along the Tumut River. Anthony Shaw, from the shire said, ‘Previously we had old tar covered boards that were unsightly and were near the end of their structural life. The Enduroplank product is much neater and visually appealing and will no doubt endure the test of time’.

‘Sustainability is the only way forward for businesses in today's climate.’ Anthony Shaw, Risk Management Officer, Tumut Shire Council.

A fairy special Kinder

C&K Magnetic Island Community Kindergarten wanted to have an area for the children to sit beneath a favourite tree. They needed a product that was non-toxic and non-splintering and they also wanted to raise awareness of recycling and sustainability among the children.

They called on Michael Terkelsen from Lifestyle Landscapes who designed and built the perfect place for little people to rest using recycled-plastic slats. He also built a bridge made from recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ with a composite fibre sub-structure.

With left over material, Michael got really creative, constructing a mini home for the really little people on the island. Staff, parents and, most importantly, the children are thrilled with the enchanting new additions.

Boardwalk attracts visitors to Magnetic Island

Gabul Way is a much anticipated walkway connecting Nelly and Geoffrey Bays on Magnetic Island in Far North Queensland.

The 710 m elevated walkway made from recycled plastic, complements the island's existing 25 km walking track network and provides spectacular views over the Coral Sea.

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said that in addition to its tourist appeal, the walkway also greatly improves public safety, which has been a long running issue on the island.

All decked out

Bungalow Bay Koala Village is an architecturally designed holiday village on Magnetic Island in Far North Queensland. Village owners and management strive to be eco-friendly and when an old timber deck around the pool needed replacing they were quite excited about the prospect of a new recycled-plastic deck.

Michael Terkelsen from Lifestyled Landscapes, who installed the deck, said ‘the Replas product will be much better around the wet pool environment,’ adding that installation of the Enduroplank™ on a composite fibre sub-structure was straightforward. Michael said the product addressed issues that other products could not and he, ‘would definitely recommend the use of this material to future customers’.

New trails link community to recycling solution

Pittwater and Warringah Councils in NSW have worked together to link new and existing trails to circumnavigate the foreshores of the Narrabeen Lagoon. This multi-use trail project features a new pedestrian/cyclist bridge which has been constructed using durable recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ decking. The decking not only provides a long lasting solution for the bridge, but has also contributed to a reduction in the amount of plastic going to landfill.

I'm still standing

We recently revisited a viewing platform at Flat Rock Ballina, NSW, that was constructed from Enduroplank™ decking and composite fibre. Even in this coastal location the platform shows no sign of wear and still looks as good as the day it went in - over five years ago!

Life’s a beach

Nambucca Shire Council wanted to provide easier access to a viewing platform located up a steep slope at Shelly Beach, Northern NSW. Recycled plastic Enduroplank™ was used to create 30 m of board and chain beach access and 40 m of floating deck. Jacqui Ashby, Environmental Resource Officer at the council said they, ‘wanted a harder wearing product that had a more sustainable tick’. Locals and tourists report it is much easier to walk up the solid path rather than soft sand and as an added bonus they can take a rest on a recycled-plastic bench once they get there. Beach access prevents sand erosion ‘Cheap pine does not stand up against heavy pedestrian traffic over time.’ Jacqui Ashby, Environmental Resource Officer, Nambucca Shire Council.

 

Building bridges to conservation

The 25 kilometre shared pathway along the new Peninsula Link, in Victoria, is one of the single biggest additions to Melbourne’s shared use path network since the EastLink Trail. The path will feature Replas Enduroplank™ decking on footbridges and over 42 directional signs throughout.

Installer Darren Shiels, from DFAB has gone to great lengths to ensure no debris made its way into the waterways that are home to the Dwarf Glaxias. This potentially threatened species of fish has suffered greatly from loss of habitat due to drainage of wetlands throughout Victoria. Darren was careful to collect all plastic trimmings from the site to help preserve the precious habitat of this dwindling species.

The plastic collected at the site will be made into a seat to be placed along the trail as a gift to the community.

       

A river of traffic

Parks Victoria recently completed a 170 m long berthing area/boardwalk at Patterson River, Carrum, in Victoria. Recycled-plastic fenders, capping and decking were chosen with brown Enduroplank™ used for the decking. This thriving canal system is extremely popular for fishing with the car park filling up by 4.30 am. The new addition to this major boat launching facility will handle the traffic with ease and provide a long-lasting result.

 

River Views

The Launceston City Council in Tasmania, recently unveiled a new viewing deck on the Tamar River which features an Enduroplank™ recycled-plastic deck. Taking pride of place on the deck is a Beachcomber seat which was custom designed by Replas for the Lions Club of Riverside.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said, ‘Council officers wanted something that would be long-lasting durable. As a council we try to encourage the use of recyclables wherever possible, so this seat and decking were a perfect choice’.