The Brolga lands in Darwin*

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There was a time when the word ‘solid’ evoked a sense of stability and sturdiness. Replas is turning that idea on its head with its innovative range of hollow bollards. Made using the latest technology, these revolutionary bollards are super strong, yet lightweight, making them more economical to transport and easier to install than other hefty alternatives.

A recent project completed by Replas in the Northern Territory utilised the Brolga bollard range to solve an old problem. Each Sunday and Thursday evening during the dry season, the foreshore area of Darwin is transformed into the Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

Outdated wooden bollards in the park were very badly deteriorated due to the harsh climate and damage from termites.

Needing a more durable solution, the City of Darwin decided to replace the rotting timber with approximately 850 Brolga bollards, measuring 200mm x 100mm and made from recycled plastic.

Gus King of Trojan Contractors installed the bollards and said it was, “quite easy, just like working with timber. You can cut them with a chainsaw, use nail holes and they look excellent as a finished product”.

The result is rows and rows of beautifully straight black bollards, which stretch for almost a kilometre along the foreshore park.

The unique double-wall construction of the Brolga offers more rigidity than traditional bollards, adding strength to the installation; a hollow centre means that although the bollards are strong, they are extremely lightweight.

Hot, moist conditions in Darwin will have no effect on the bollards as they are virtually maintenance free and, with termites having no appetite for plastic, they will long outlast a timber alternative.

Jamie Lewis, Technical Officer at the City of Darwin said the council is, “very happy with the final outcome and will be using more in the area due to the popularity of the bollard amongst the public and the Mindil Market Committee”.

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