The Snapper Street Pedestrian Link forms part of North Stradbroke Island’s Walking Trail Network and is a significant link connecting vantage points over Frenchman’s Beach.
This project was the essence of local community engagement, environmental sustainability and innovation. Local business owners on the island were engaged with the procurement of concrete from a local batching plant as well as local labour, consumables, accommodation and food outlets – we are sure the local pub was frequented for a parmie or two…
This region is also culturally significant for the Quandamooka people, which saw proactive engagement with QYAC to oversee excavation works and identify any significant finds. We also facilitated Indigenous employment through local labour on the island.
While the view is a hard to ignore, let us focus our attention to the sustainable innovation on this project as this is no ordinary decking! The creation of the look-out platforms, feature seating, beach access stairs, hand rails and bollards feature recycled plastics and composite products. The Replas timber-look handrails and bollards are manufactured from recycled materials and plastics and are lightweight for ease of installation.
The platforms and substructure are a composite fibreglass polymer from Wagners providing a 100 year lifespan, while the decking and feature seating is ModWood, a product manufactured from recycled plastics and reclaimed pine waste. The combination of these materials ultimately reduces the maintenance and replacement costs while contributing to sustainable manufacturing and continued development of new and improved products.
Lastly, you may have noticed a cliff or two…. With steep embankments and protrusion of the look out areas, access channels were created to provide flat working platforms with anchor points for the team to complete the substructure safely.
Needless to say this logistically challenging project is now a statement piece enhancing this picturesque coastline.