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Oscar and Ophelia

Two ospreys have spent the past 20 years returning to waters off Ceduna in South Australia, to breed on nests constructed by former oyster farmer Royce Hart. Having replaced the wooden structure six times, when the weather took its toll again it was decided a more durable material was needed.

Replas came to the bird’s rescue and provided composite fibre and recycled plastic which was used to create a new structure. The ospreys, nicknamed Oscar and Ophelia, come back each year to hatch their chicks and now have a nest that will last for more than forty years without the need for maintenance.

Oscar and Ophelia

Two ospreys have spent the past 20 years returning to waters off Ceduna in South Australia, to breed on nests constructed by former oyster farmer Royce Hart. Having replaced the wooden structure six times, when the weather took its toll again it was decided a more durable material was needed.

Replas came to the bird’s rescue and provided composite fibre and recycled plastic which was used to create a new structure. The ospreys, nicknamed Oscar and Ophelia, come back each year to hatch their chicks and now have a nest that will last for more than forty years without the need for maintenance.

Brighton rocks with Replas

Three years ago Holdfast Bay Council approached Replas with a concept for Coast Park that included an up-market set of pedestrian structures, viewing decks and beach access pathways.

John Perkins, Project Officer Infrastructure, City of Holdfast Bay, said, ‘With this project we wanted to use products that would serve us for the long term, reducing our maintenance’.

John said, ‘This product and this project has turned out extremely well and we are happy with the material that has been used in this location’.

Recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ decking was chosen because it is sustainable and also highly durable. Composite fibre provided the perfect sub-structure as it is three times stronger than steel, one third of the weight and doesn't corrode in a high-salinity environment.

The first stage of this boardwalk alone has saved the equivalent of 2.1 million plastic bags from landfill.


  

Shorty’s Staircase

Replas recently visited the Ron ‘Shorty’ Connors staircase at Lennox Heads – where the legend lives on. We knew we needed our toughest product to represent this great man, so we chose Replas Enduroplank and composite fibre to ensure it stands up to the test of time.

    

Replas impresses Bega Valley Council

Replas recently took a road trip far down the south coast of NSW, to visit the Bega Valley Shire Council with our product display trailer - what a beautiful part of our lucky country. Council staff were super impressed by our broad range of products that feature on the new trailer, comprising bollards, enduroplank decking, furniture and composite fibre. All made from our recycled materials that are long lasting, hard wearing and continue to help us save the environment for the future.

   

Built to last

Steve and Rayma Govan run the Fort Courage Caravan Park near Wentworth in NSW. Fort Courage is also home to the Wentworth Angling Club and the location of monthly fishing competitions. Replas supplied materials for the construction of an access structure to two floating pontoons on the Murray River. The composite fibre and Enduroplank™ structure, which was constructed by Diamond Club Member DFAB, is built to withstand 10 year flood levels.

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!

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’.

Miles better

In 2011, Great Lakes Council in NSW, created beach access at the south end of One Mile Beach, Forster, using a combination of Replas’ Enduromesh, composite fibre and hardwood timber. A beach shower was also added. While this proved extremely popular, increased use created a mud patch around the shower. No problem. The council simply extended the Enduromesh. Now the grass is growing back and visitors have clean feet!

According to the council, residents are now asking when they will see more access ways of this type on other beaches.

Built to last

Diamond Club member, Designer Decks, has installed a composite fibre boardwalk in the Sunshine Coast wetlands. This long lasting construction will not only cope beautifully with the demands of the harsh Queensland climate, but with an expected life span of more than forty years will also outlast traditional materials.

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.

Ramp it up

A new ramp at Sandon Point Surf Life Saving Club, in Wollongong NSW, was constructed using recycled-plastic capping, Enduroplank™ decking and a composite fibre sub-structure. The ramp meets the Australian Standards for up to a two-tonne load rating and will be used for light vehicle traffic and small yacht trailers to access the beach along with other beach goers. 

Sustainable fishing

Replas and ARD Project Services Group put their heads together to come up with a unique 10 metre fish cleaning table for Richmond Valley Council in NSW. The original structure at Evans Head boat ramp was almost 40 years old and made from hardwood timber, which had perished to a point that was considered unsafe.

Through a grant from NSW Primary Industries and Fisheries and a contribution from Council, a new fish cleaning platform made from Replas profiles and fibre composite was constructed. The stainless steel components from the previous structure were cleaned and re-used in the new structure. The end result is a strong, serviceable and long lasting structure which locals and visitors are more than happy to use.

Footy Club ramps up

Salisbury Council in South Australia needed to upgrade a ramp at the Ingle Farm Football Club to ensure it was compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act. Replas supplied and installed a composite fibre sub-structure with Enduroplank decking laid over the existing ramp. As it wasn't necessary to demolish the old ramp, costs were kept to a minimum and the new structure will provide years of virtually maintenance free use.

The ramp was installed by Diamond Club member Punch Manufacturing who were also able to assist with design and certification of the installation.

Launceston City Council bridges the gap

Due to the fact that Enduroplank™ is extremely low maintenance, Launceston City Council, in Tasmania, chose the recycled-plastic decking to complete a new bridge in Youngtown.

Wagners CFT and sub-contractor BridgePro assembled and installed the bridge which features a composite fibre sub-surface. Installation was hassle free and the bridge will now provide a long-lasting and maintenance-free structure.

        

 

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.