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‘Royal’ approval for Enduroplank™

When the timber decking at the lookout at Royal Park in Tasmania needed replacing, Launceston City Council wanted to find a more sustainable solution. The forward thinking Parks team decided recycled plastic was the answer.

The longevity of Enduroplank™ will ensure that the decking looks as stunning as the views of the beautiful Tamar River for many years to come.

Six bridges for Twelve Apostles

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The Twelve Apostles car park, in Victoria, is now the site of some very innovative and sustainable bridge construction. Six timber footbridges have been transformed with the installation of recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ decking.

The new bridges, which also feature a composite fibre sub-structure, are a perfect solution in this harsh coastal environment where timber rots quickly due to the damp salty air.

Parks Victoria was particularly pleased that during their busy period at the site, it took only a short time to install these low maintenance and cost effective structures.

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There’s nothing we like more than heading down to our favourite beach to soak up some summer sun.

Clovelly Beach, NSW, is a small and tranquil beach, popular with family groups and the elderly. When its old timber disabled ramp was in need of repair, Randwick City Council chose to use recycled-plastic materials to refurbish the deck, kick rails and posts.

The council said they wanted a ramp that could, ‘withstand long term damage caused by sea water, and offer a safer surface for beachgoers’.

The use of our new brown Enduroplank™ has produced a stunning result and will be enjoyed by the community for many summers to come.

Recycled plastic perfect for Aussie conditions

Elevated bike path bridge                                                    Removable drop-down bollards
West McDonnell National Park, NT.                                  Redbank Gorge campground, NT.

Proving no terrain is too tough for a Replas product, these amazing photos show a diverse range of applications. From the heat of the desert, to the humidity of the tropics, Replas recycled plastic can handle it all.
Visit www.replas.com.au for more information.

‘I was looking for a product that was low maintenance, long-lasting and would withstand the harsh conditions of the tropics. Replas was able to arrange for delivery from one side of Australia to the other. Installation only required spacing and attaching end capping to the planks, a job I was able to undertake myself. What great service.’  Ian Hunter, home handyman, Northern Territory.

Replas opens new distribution centre

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On Friday 26 November the champagne flowed as we opened our new Replas Resource Centre in Carrum Downs, Victoria. The multi-million dollar investment was opened by The Hon Bruce Billson MP and the centre is now one of the largest recycled-plastic distribution centres in the southern hemisphere.

Mr Billson said this major investment was important for Frankston and its surrounding suburbs as more badly needed jobs would be created.

Thank you to all of our guests who joined in the celebrations with us. Everyone at Replas was very proud to be able to show off our new centre. We had a lot of fun demonstrating the products and it was a great opportunity to meet with those who came.

For those who couldn’t make it on the day we know you will enjoy the benefits the new centre will bring. Our new streamlined ordering process and shorter lead times means you will have your product sooner.

Using innovative technology Replas reprocesses the plastic that would normally go to landfill to produce environmentally-friendly and sustainable products, such as outdoor furniture, signs, bollards and decking. After a tour of the Centre, Mr Billson said, ‘why wouldn’t you use these products?’
Visit www.replas.com.au for more information.

Mackay boardwalk looks to the future

It will soon be easier than ever to get around the laid back city of Mackay, with the addition of the new Bluewater Trail. The 21-kilometre shared pedestrian-cycle trail encircles the city and will link several tourist attractions, including the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Quay and the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

The trail incorporates a walkway—The Pioneer Environmental Walk—which is under water four weeks of the year. Mackay Regional Council needed a product for this part of the trail that could withstand such conditions, so the natural choice was Replas’ recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ with a composite fibre sub-structure from Wagners.

The 1.2km footpath, 30 m bridge over Alligator Creek and 1 km of boardwalk was installed by Abergeldie Constructions.

The final appearance of the completed boardwalk is a credit to all involved. The products incorporated into the project offered a superior product over conventional methods and products used in the past.

John Board, QLD Construction Manager with Abergeldie Constructions.

Kicking goals with Enduroplank™

With tens of thousands of footy fans crossing over the MCG Bridge each month the bridge needed to be able to take more than a little friendly barracking.

Vic Track—a government rail business, responsible for the oldest of three pedestrian bridges linking the busy Melbourne Park to MCG precincts—required a firm to complete a resurfacing project. The wooden planks were covered with marine ply and coated with non-slip compound. However, the marine ply had started to rot, split and twist which caused the non-slip coating to fall off. This created safety concerns and also required ongoing maintenance.

Vic Track decided to replace the marine ply and non-slip coating with Enduroplank™. This has provided them with a great product which has eliminated maintenance costs and improved slip resistance on this highly utilised foot-bridge.

The new decking was quickly and easily installed by a Replas Diamond Club member—one of our many qualified partners whose expertise ensures a quality installation. Vic Track is so happy with the finished product they are considering more projects around Victoria.

Bridging the gap

In 2008, the Sunshine Coast Council purchased three bridges to be installed by the Bridge Maintenance Division. Replas provided assistance and instruction to the team, as did staff from Wagners—who manufacture the composite fibre.

The bridges have a composite fibre sub-structure with an Enduroplank™ deck. Two of the bridges form part of a trail that is used by horses. This presented an issue as horses require a solid surface underfoot in order to feel safe. The council solved the problem by using a wet pour rubber over the top of the Enduroplank™.

The council is very happy with the look and presentation of the bridges and is looking forward to the extra life span with almost zero maintenance.

Walking the talk at St Kilda

The City of Port Phillip, an inner city council in Melbourne, Victoria, would like to distinguish itself as a leader in sustainable procurement. So when an existing timber boardwalk structure along St Kilda foreshore had reached the end of its useful life expectancy the council looked for an alternative product.

Alison Breach, Landscape Architect with the City of Port Phillip, says, ‘The site is a protected foreshore vegetation area. It seemed hypocritical to fell trees to protect plants.’ After considering a variety of options, Replas products were chosen because they are durable in foreshore conditions as well as being attractive, long lasting and sustainable.

The result is a 300-metre non-slip boardwalk, made from Enduroplank™, with a sand-coloured composite fibre sub-structure that blends beautifully into this beach location. With no metal or timber, the boardwalk will have a greater life expectancy and reduced maintenance costs.

Importantly, the boardwalk is raised to protect the flora and fauna in the surrounding area. Three floating pathways leading to the beach also encourage visitors to keep to the path and help preserve this sensitive environment.

Alison says, ‘The community has been very supportive,’ of the installation, adding they are pleased that a recycled local product which is both environmentally and aesthetically pleasing was used.

Beechworth ‘falls’ for Enduroplank™

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.