With land availability and ecosystems under increasing pressure, we are now recognising the importance of “sustainable development”. The use of aesthetically pleasing, effective constructions to improve and conceal engineering works is becoming increasingly important.
Geofabrics Australasia, along with group companies ELCO Solutions and Maccaferri Australia, supply a huge range of products that enhance development projects. Whilst some of their applications have unusual names like Bidim, gabions and floatation curtains, they are incredibly widespread in civil construction, roads and railways, coastal engineering and foreshore protection, landscaping, golf course and landfill construction. You might be surprised to find that you rely on Geofabrics’ products every day.
Geofabrics Australasia commenced business in 1978 as a distributor for a range of geotextiles. In 1987, they established a manufacturing facility in Albury. With branch offices throughout Australia, Geofabrics has expanded their range of manufactured geosynthetic products to include geogrids, drainage products, lining systems and erosion control products. These are supplied throughout Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the South Pacific Islands.
Saward Dawson and Geofabrics
Saward Dawson has provided an integrated assurance and accounting solution for the Geofabrics group for more than 10 years. Amongst the services that we provide are auditing for the group’s six companies and preparation of consolidated financial statements. We prepare the group’s tax returns and advised on matters relating to the impact of tax legislation on their business. Saward Dawson provides advice on the group’s transition to International Financial Reporting Standards and given due diligence assistance on key business acquisitions. We have also provided grant acquittal services relating to their substantial involvement in the Strategic Investment Scheme.
Preserving and protecting
Geofabrics have a major environmental commitment to the mining and waste management industries. Their products are used extensively for preserving and protecting the environment. Some of their projects indicate the diversity of applications.
The principal product of the Geofabrics Group is the Bidim Non Woven Geotextile range, used in a myriad of applications from filtration to reinforcement. In 1999, together with Visy Plastics and under an Eco Recycle grant, Geofabrics set about developing the technology to manufacture PET geotextiles from recycled polyester. The most common source of material for recycled PET is consumer packaging including soft drink bottles and other PET containers. As these materials were readily available through kerb side recycling schemes, a steady supply of raw material was assured. Geofabrics utilises both virgin and recycled polymers. They continue to source recycled PET from a variety of sources.
Australia is the “driest continent”. Our future development relies on the preservation and smart use of precious water resources. Geofabrics lining systems replace thick, compacted clay layers providing exceptional liquid containment in reservoirs and irrigation canals, as well as industrial ponds and lagoons.
The construction of Narrowneck reef at Surfers Paradise is the largest and most ambitious project of its kind in the world. The reef is 450 metres long by 250m wide and consists of 80,000 cubic metres of encapsulated sand. The massive sand containers, 20m long by 3m and 4.5m diameters, were pre-manufactured by Geofabrics and accurately placed using a split hull barge and GPS. The reef has proved to be very stable, withstanding a number of severe storms. Seaweed began to grow on the containers within weeks of placement and the reef has attracted a number of fish species to the area.
There will even greater emphasis on “sustainable development” as we progress further into the 21st century. Geofabrics’ products and applications are already playing a significant role in reducing our environmental impact. If you would like to know more, visit their websites at www.geofabrics.com.au and www.maccaferri.com.au.