Recycled plastic to update boardwalk

Infrastructure services director Harry Galea and Launceston acting Mayor Jeremy Ball at the Seaport boardwalk. PIcture: MARK JESSERA STRETCH of recycled plastic boardwalk will be installed at Launceston’s Seaport “before summer”, according to Launceston acting Mayor Jeremy Ball.

More than $1.2 million has been allocated by the council for the project, with the unique design expected to at least double the life-span of the timber boards.

“We’re out to tender in a couple weeks’ time to find a replacement for the ageing boardwalk,” Alderman Ball said.

“We’ve specified recycled plastic decking, which is at a slightly higher cost but it lasts far longer and I think it will give a great finish to this area.

“Timber usually gets about 15 years out of it, but this recycled plastic lasts for about 30 years.

“That really is a far longer life and saves on some of those concurrent costs, which hit ratepayers hardest.”

Alderman Ball said the priority for the council was to have the project completed by summer, in an effort to benefit surrounding businesses.

“Our aim is to make sure the work is done before the summer season starts, which is obviously really important for traders here.

“We don’t know exactly what the product will be, but we want to replicate that timber finish.”

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