|Location||Berrima, New South Wales|
|Date Installed||28th September|
This naturally befitting public stone pathway is located in the the historic town of Berrima in the Southern Highlands region, 2 hours south of Sydney.
Originating as a major stop along Hume highway joining Sydney to Melbourne, Berrima is endowed with a rich heritage of federation architecture.
Given the highway bypassed the city center many decades ago, this ‘travelers stop’ has become a quaint destination! For locals and travelers alike, Berrima offers cottage style bakeries, artisan cafes and historical pubs which attract thousands of visitors annually.
Located within the Goulburn electorate, Berrima Market Place Park is located on Jellore St has great shared recreational facilities such as BBQs, Shelters and picnic tables which are used for general recreation, as well as cultural celebrations and memorials, such as Anzac day.
Uniquely, the playground section of the park has many swings designed for all-abilities accessibility and is frequented by children with disabilities and their families.
Given the high patronage of this historical town, Berrima Rotary Club‘s involvement in Anzac day and the significant community merits of the park in general, this group took on responsibility to drive numerous upgrades to the park.
Initially obtaining an initial grant of $30,000 in April 2018 “to make the existing playground more accessible for youth with disabilities.” After a significant donation from a Moss Vale Rotarian, an additional sum of $242,000 was raised by Wingecarribee Shire Council, to complete the various wheelchair accessible footpaths and specially design easy-access pieces of play equipment such as in-ground trampolines.
“The draft plan seeks to accommodate the needs of all users, proposing to provide…accessible pathways linking to toilets and playground”
non slip, Naturally
With as strong desire for aesthetics and the upgrade works to be in harmony with the regions more traditional heritage, natural tan stone was the ideal colour replace the greys of concrete.
Specifically, the overall park design “has been carefully developed with due regard to the unique character of the parkland, aiming to preserve and maintain its heritage style by utilising an appropriate palette of materials and colours.”
Working with the successful landscaping contractor Growth Civil Landscapes, StoneSet were contracted to install 16mm of the aptly natural Tan colour stone to the existing pathway. The works were completed over a 1 day period, covering 70 square meters to give the ideal exposed aggregate look, without the loose stone trip hazards.
A cost effective choice was to resurface a new concrete base that was structurally sound. A ’rounding down’ of the resin bound stone on the pathways edges further increased the natural ‘garden path’ aesthetic, simultaneously negating any possibility where future exposed edges could form trip hazards.
StoneSets exposed aggregate being naturally non-slip, the product has been tried and tested on thousands of square meters of heavily trafficked public pathways Australia wide, such as Observatory Hill Sydney, Port Arthur Tasmania and public train-stations such as Hazelwood in the Blue Mountains.
Not merely safe and beautiful, the choice of StoneSet was also an environmental one. Some 25% volume of StoneSet’s ‘porous’ paving are voids. As this application was over 77sqm equated to an equivalent 2.65 less tonne of resource extraction, if other solid paving materials were used (comparing to a regular 50mm clay paver).
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