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Plastic proves a stayer

In 2006 rangers on Fraser Island trialled using recycled-plastic decking to see how it would compare with timber when used for four wheel drive beach access. Over the last six years approximately 30,000 four wheel drive vehicles have travelled over the plastic and yet it is still the same as the day it went in. Among these vehicles are 18-tonne four wheel drive busses—at least 10 per day—proving just how tough the decking is. According to the rangers the timber sections that were installed at the same time have deteriorated and they have now made the decision to replace them with recycled plastic.

Magnetic Island boardwalk update

Over 2000 Enduroplank™ decking planks were loaded onto a truck heading for Magnetic Island just off Townsville, Queensland. This is the second major boardwalk built with Enduroplank™ on the island and will require 80 lineal metres of two-metre wide boardwalk to be installed on a 45 degree slope.

Townsville City Council purchased the first boardwalk in March 2008. A detailed comparative cost analysis revealed significant economic advantages of using composite and recycled materials over traditional ones and the project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule. Replas is very proud that many years later the council has once again chosen Enduroplank™ for this new boardwalk stretching from Nelly Bay to Arcadia

Magnetic Island Boardwalk – construction under way

At a meeting designed to workshop elements of the new City Planning Scheme with residents, Townsville Councillor, Trevor Roberts, revealed the plans and artist’s impressions for the 710-metre engineered walkway to be constructed on Magnetic Island. The plans illustrate a boardwalk style walkway constructed of recycled-plastic decking boards with stainless steel balustrade and handrails. Cr Roberts said the walkway would be constructed in two sections. The first, from Geoffrey Bay towards Nelly Bay, will be 350 m long by 2.5 m wide leading to the first of two viewing platforms. Replas has already supplied the Enduroplank™ decking boards for this exciting project which will also be disabled access compliant.

Floating on Eyre

Exposed tree roots created a safety hazard for the heavy student traffic at St Joseph’s School, Port Lincoln SA, located on the Eyre Peninsula. No one knew what to do with this barren and often muddy area. What they did know was that they wanted to create an area that was hardwearing, safe for students, visually appealing and demonstrated sustainability within the school community.

A tall order? Ross Hay, OHS&W and Administrative Coordinator, St Joseph’s School said Enduroplank™ recycled-plastic decking, ‘ticked all the boxes’. Perfect as an outdoor learning area, a place to relax during lunchtime or for catching up with parents at school closure, this new floating deck is popular with teachers, students and parents alike.

The area now is safe, clean, and functional.Ross Hay, OHS&W and Administrative Coordinator, St Joseph’s School

 

Stepping-stone to a better environment

Stonington City Council, in Victoria, has funded a ground breaking project that will increase habitat connectivity, improve water quality and provide recreational and educational opportunities.

Through clever environmental design the 'Lower Yarra River Biodiversity Linkages Project’ uses materials obtained through sustainable or recyclable sources. An elevated Enduroplank™ boardwalk with a composite fibre sub-structure, which was designed and constructed by Replas, allows users to experience views of the wetlands and the river. The location is further enhanced by a selection of picnic settings and benches all made from 100% Australian recycled plastic.

Enduroplank™ is easy to install due to the consistency of the boards and due to them covering a fair bit of territory by being 195 mm wide.Ken Snow, Director, Snow Homes – Installer.

Break O Day

The Break O Day Child and Family Centre in Tasmania is a newly constructed pre-school learning and parental education facility. In designing the outdoor area, landscape architect Dr Don Thomson, of Landscape impressions, chose to incorporate many recycled-plastic products in order to minimise the impact of his designs on our natural resources. Don said, ‘The range of Replas profiles and products, and their flexibility, provide many opportunities to design interesting and functional elements in many landscape applications’. Adding that, ‘The longevity and robustness of Replas products is also a key consideration, minimising maintenance costs over time’.

Introducing—Replas Sand Coating

There’s no doubt Enduroplank™ decking and Stair Treads are tough performers, suitable for a variety of situations and conditions. However, at Replas we are never content to rest on our laurels and are always seeking to improve the design and performance of our products. With the introduction of our newly designed Sand Coat formula we can now greatly increase the slip resistance of structures made from these products. The coating can be easily applied to new or existing installations and will significantly improve safety for users. Visit our website to see how Advanced Technology Testing and Research rated this amazing new product.

Enduroplank™ ramps up


After seeing Enduroplank™ on a public launching ramp at Drummoyne, John Vitali from NSW, decided to replace the timber on the boat ramp outside his home with recycled-plastic decking. John installed the deck with the help of his brother-in-law and reports that they found the product quick and easy to install. John no longer has to worry about maintenance and is constantly asked about his new slip-resistant boat ramp by envious guests and neighbours.

 

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’.