A lengthy rebuilding process has taken place across Queensland since last summer’s floods, with a focus on minimising potential flood damage to property in the future.
Many kilometres of fencing has been repaired and replaced, creating an influx of customers to Pursehouse Rural store in Warwick that employee Ally Dwan said had staff and supplies stretched to the limit.
“After the floods people have realised the benefit of solid fencing infrastructure,” Ally said.
“Properties along the river are always going to be prone to flooding, whether frequently or not, so it is worth investing in a fence that is going to last a lifetime.”
Ally had provided some advice not long before the floods for a local contractor – who also happened to be family. Bill Dwan was suitably impressed when his fence was one of few left standing in the aftermath.
“Bill had been contracted to fence a lucerne paddock bordering the Condamine River in town,” Ally said.
“We discussed the options for the fence and decided that Waratah MaxYs® were the best choice considering how close it was going to be to the river.
“The fence was fully submerged in December and January, so much so that the school several hundred metres further back also suffered significant flooding.”
Constructed using one Waratah GalStar MaxY to three GalStar Extreme® steel posts at four metre spacings, the fence withstood Condamine River waters that had enough force to displace one tonne-plus concrete troughs into adjoining paddocks and carry 20,000 litre water tanks downstream.
“Along with closer spacings, the greater strength and profile of the MaxY provided the superior anchorage,” Ally said.
“If you’re selling fencing gear to family, you had better make sure it is up to the task.
“Lucky for me, after enduring what was reported to have been fourteen metres of water, Bill’s fence came out as good as the day it was built.”
The GalStar MaxY looks just like the original BHP Star® post, but it has a much larger profile, and is available in 180cm, 210cm, and 240cm lengths.
Also, Waratah fence posts exceed the minimum hot-dipped galvanized coating thickness specified in the Australian Standards, giving them greater longevity when compared to black painted or imported tar post products.
“When people ask for advice on what posts will stand the test in future floods, the MaxY is a product that I recommend as I have seen it work,” Ally said.
The Waratah MaxY steel post is a long term, cost effective product that is built to perform in Australian conditions.