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Cronulla Beach

Previously, hardwood board and chain systems were used to maintain access and offer traction to service vehicles at Cronulla beach, NSW. However, as timber is subject to breaking and splintering it created an OHS issue for users. Enduroplank™ was chosen to provide a safer, more durable solution. ‘User safety was increased as the Enduroplank™ product has far more flex than the timber hardwood alternative meaning no splintering or snapping.’ Kurt Laboyrie | Operations Manager, Cronulla Coastal Management Centre.

West End boardwalk – Rottnest Island WA


The Rottnest Island Authority, in WA, investigated various products that would be suitable for installation at remote and environmentally harsh locations. The Enduroplank™ deck, with a composite fibre sub-structure, fit the criteria as it has a low environmental impact, requires minimal maintenance and aesthetically fits in with the coastal landscape of the island. The resulting structure contains no wood or metal other than fixings and brackets. Roland Mau, Manager – Marine and Terrestrial Reserve, Rottnest Island Authority said, ‘This installation has been designed specifically to withstand a harsh environment with minimal requirement for regular and ongoing maintenance’.

Mackay Surf Life Saving Club


Enduroplank™ was used to replace a rotting timber deck at Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club providing them with a deck and walkway that is not only durable, but has also put an end to splintered feet. According to Matt Stokes from Plants Whitsunday, who installed the deck, Enduroplank™, ‘is easier to cut / drill than hardwood. The wide decking boards and single screw makes installation quick’. ‘This will provide a longer lifecycle with minimal maintenance to any other product we were looking at.’ Tony Ahern, Technical Officer Assets, Parks and Environment, Mackay Regional Council.

Tassie school sets the standard

Romaine Park Primary is a new Tasmanian school that has been designed to give pupils the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art education facility, using the most up-to-date building materials.

Artas, the architects for the project, specified the use of Replas recycled-plastic products due to their durability and sustainability. Recycled plastic was used to create a number of features around the school including wave shaped benches, garden edging and fencing.

In the kindergarten playground, Enduroplank™ decking was used to build a couple of large platforms which can be used for seating or as a stage area. It was also used to create a footbridge over the bike track and a platform at the top of the slides. As recycled plastic is safe and non-toxic it was ideal to use in this environment.

Principal Leanne Raw, said, ‘The grey colour blends in well with the natural environment. Their strength and durability will add to this play space’.

 'Ongoing maintenance issues and durability were a factor in choice of building materials.’
- Leanne Raw, Principal, Romaine Park Primary School, Tasmania

Bluewater Trail—after the rain

  

In September 2010, we featured the newly opened Bluewater Trail in Mackay. The trail was completed using a variety of building products. In one section, which was expected to be underwater for four weeks of the year, Mackay Council chose to install Enduroplank™ decking with a composite fibre sub-structure.

This was a solution that promised many years maintenance free performance in difficult conditions. However, not even this forward thinking council could have imagined the conditions the trail would soon have to endure.

The horrendous floods and cyclones that Queensland experienced in early 2011 wreaked havoc on the trail. Such was the force, concrete sections were simply washed away, yet the devastation had no impact on the recycled plastic or the composite fibre.

This is a testament to the strength and durability of both products. Not only are they sustainable and environmentally friendly, but they are emerging as a superior solution when compared to conventional building materials and methodologies.

As Mackay Council undertakes the task of repair they are now considering extending the recycled plastic and composite fibre sections to increase the strength and longevity of the trail.

 

Enduroplank™—I’m alright Jack

Visitors to the Ulladulla Headland Tourist Park in NSW now have easy access to Lobster Jack’s Beach with the installation of a new Enduroplank™ boardwalk. Park owners Kevin & Lee Walsh felt it was the right choice when compared with timber because of its strength, durability and the fact that maintenance will be minimal. Kevin says of Enduroplank™, ‘It surprised me that it was not slippery in the wet and it appears it will take a beating,’ adding, ‘I would certainly consider using Replas products in the future’.

Long term solution for coastal access

 

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.

    

     

Green solution for Blue Pool

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.

Modern solution to an old problem

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.

Weathering the storm

Toowoomba, like many towns, was devastated by the recent floods. Structures were destroyed as vehicles and debris were carried downstream in the huge tsunami-like walls of water.

The Toowoomba Bird Habitat stood right in the path of this destruction. Made from Enduroplank™ and composite fibre, the viewing platform was inundated, yet after the flooding abated, stood unscathed.