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.