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Waratah flood posts protecting against future weather events

Chris Bullmore has been a fencing contractor for 25 years located around the Queanbeyan area in Southern NSW. Chris has been an integral part of the Wandiyali-Environa wildlife sanctuary, helping to erect the 10km fox and cat proof fence enclosing the 1000-acre property.

However, the fence line ran through some creek gaps, one that was 30m across and another that was 25m across. Due to the sensitive nature of the enclosure, these needed to be fenced.

After seeing the Waratah flood posts in market and having used Waratah products in many jobs before, Chris was keen to explore how he could use the flood posts in exclusion fencing applications to help protect the enclosure and prevent any rising costs they might encounter from future whether events.

Chris installed Ezypipe® strainer posts on each side of the creek, followed by a cable wire to install the multiple Waratah flood posts. Finishing off the fence with clipping on Longlife Blue® netting to enclose the waterway with the existing fence line.

This design meant that as flood waters raised, the flood posts pushed the netting up and allowed logs and other debris to pass under the netting. This helps to allow the fence to stay intact during whether events.

Chris explained that this has saved the project a massive amount of money, “Without the flood posts the netting would have been destroyed, and to replace that portion of the fence would be roughly about $2,000 per creek crossing, and with the number of events we have had over the last year, the cost adds up to about $24,000 in the last two years alone. And this doesn’t account for the time it takes to go back and mend these crossings.”

“Every Creek is different, but the Waratah flood posts really work, there is no comparable alternative to them.”

“As a contractor it is important to use products that are consistent, the Waratah products are honestly the best I’ve used.”  

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Published in the Difficult & Demanding Fenclines Feature in WIRED Issue 67 / December 2022 by Fencing Contractors NZ