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Better Railways for Communities

Major efforts are now needed to make railway more sustainable to both the ecosystem and the communities in need of better public transport.

Currently Australia’s rail network is the sixth largest in the world. Most well-populated areas are covered by extensive railway systems. However, the sparse in-land network of public transportation is placing many communities in rural and regional Australia at a disadvantage, geographically and socially.

Though recognised as one of the most environmentally friendly forms of transport, one caveat of the railway system in Australia is that the main structural support comes from timber sleepers which needs replacing every 10-20 years at an eye-watering cost. To resolve this issue, researchers are working intensively to develop alternative materials for railway sleepers, e.g. fibre-reinforced polymer composites that can mimic the strength, resonance and vibration-dampening of timber.

At the same time, limited access to public transport has geographically and socially disadvantaged communities in rural and remote Australia. The government and companies like the Kypreos Group have been investing in the development and maintenance of train stations and relevant facilities in these areas, to boost local economies and the number of jobs available.

Infrastructure Sustainability Guidelines: What are they? Why are they important?

In a restless time of threatening climate change, pollution, and resource depletion, it is now more imperative than ever to reinforce the standards in civil engineering and construction regarding infrastructure sustainability.

The first step is for organisations to fully understand the benchmarks that are standard in Australia and other parts of the world, to then be able to implement them appropriately and with optimal efficiency.

In September 2017, based on the IS rating tool v1.2, the ISCA launched the IS International Rating tool and the IS Operations tool. A credit-based, flexible rating framework, it is applicable to both developed and developing countries. Its development was in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, the system is only used in Australia and New Zealand.

Outside of Australia, another commonly used system in IS evaluation is BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and CEEQUAL (Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme).

What to expect from the future’s transport?

In our view, infrastructure innovation must be at the heart of changes in Australia's transport system.

It is essential that the future’s transport be environmentally sustainable, with minimal impact – noise, waste, emissions – on the natural ecosystem which we are a part of. As the transport sector relies heavily on fossil fuels, it is crucial to invest in an overhaul, transitioning forms of transportation to renewable sources of electricity. Consequently, this requires extensive modification of roads and fuelling stations to suit new types of vehicles.Asphalt is an indispensable component of a better infrastructure network for many years to come - its recyclability and strength makes this material future-proof. To make it even more eco-friendly, companies like Kypreos are moving towards using warm mixed asphalt (WMA).

The future transport system will gradually shift to having more driverless vehicles - cars and even airplanes. To keep up with these ambitions, road and airport infrastructure would require intensive updates, which we are eager to contribute to.

Contributing to the Growth of Western Sydney

We are helping to bring more jobs and better facilities to Western Sydney

In November 2018, Kypreos Group opened our new $20 million facility of State Asphalt NSW in St Marys, Western Sydney. This new plant officially introduced 50 permanent new jobs for the suburb’s residents and is capable of producing 300 tonnes of asphalt every hour.

This put our name on the map of the larger Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan of the NSW government. The plan has an ambitious goal of transforming the region into one of the largest new employment space in NSW and expanding road and rail networks, linking the future Western Sydney Airport with key surrounding residential and commercial areas.

Keeping Communities Safe

We are striving to build sustainable and safe infrastructure for communities

In asphalt production and services, safety and wellbeing of workers and the public must be ensured from the very first steps to the final product.

Not only do we maintain rigorous standards of training in health and safety practice, but we are also keen to follow global trends in safety and sustainable technologies – such as porous paving to reduce urban run-off.

Making Eco-friendlier Asphalt

We are making asphalt safer and more environmentally sustainable

At Kypreos, we produce and use warm mixed asphalt (WMA) to curb carbon footprints.

We are eager to keep up with innovations in Australia and worldwide to make asphalt eco-friendlier; for instance, incorporating recyclables like plastics and glass into asphalt mixes, which are used to pave driveways, highways, and even airport grounds.

Commissioning of New Asphalt Plant

New Asphalt Plant 

State Asphalts NSW are expanding their capabilities with the building and commissioning of a state-of-the-art Marini Asphalt Batch Production Plant in St Marys.

This will be the second Sydney metro based facility for State Asphalts NSW, and the 5th production plant within NSW.

Awarded Northern Road

Awarded Northern Road Asphalt and Spray Seal Contracts

State Asphalts Services was recently awarded the Asphalt and Spray Seal supply and lay contracts for the Northern Road Upgrade - Stages 2 and 3.

Growth of Haulage Capabilities

Growth of Haulage Capabilities.

State Asphalts NSW has expanded its' haulage capabilities by acquiring a bitumen tanker and two flocon asphalt transport vehicles. This allows State Asphalts NSW to ensure a consistent supply of bitumen and asphalt to its' various asphalt plants and projects.

State Asphalts has also added a Quick Dry Primer (QDP) sprayer to its fleet. This is one of a kind and is fitted with the latest safety technology.

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