At OmniGrip Direct, we are proud to have played a pivotal role in creating the new Geelong Progress Pride Flag, a symbol of inclusivity and diversity that resonates deeply with the LGBTQIA+ community. Our durable coloured surface treatment, OmniGrip CST, was used for the colourful surface on Yarra Street in the Geelong CBD.

OmniGrip CST is a coloured surface treatment, compliant with State and Territory road agency specifications for use on arterial roads. Recycled Australian glass, equivalent to about 3,500 bottles and reduced to a nominal 3mm size, was used in the creation of the flag for Geelong.

The Significance of the Progress Pride Flag

The Progress Pride Flag is more than just a symbol; it is a beacon of hope and a representation of the ongoing struggle for equality and recognition faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. The flag’s design includes the traditional rainbow colours along with additional elements to represent marginalised groups within the community.

OmniGrip CST: A Sustainable Choice

OmniGrip CST stands out as a durable, slip and skid-resistant surface treatment using 100% Australian recycled coloured glass. This choice of material enhances the safety and aesthetics of public spaces and aligns with our environmental ethos. By using recycled glass, we contribute to reducing waste and promoting a circular economy, diverting waste from landfill.

  • Australian recycled-glass, 1-3mm size
  • Australian-owned, made in Victoria
  • Compliant to State and Territory Standard Specifications
  • TIPES Level 3 Certified in Queensland
  • Slip & skid resistant to reduce risk of slips, falls and vehicle skidding in the wet.

Darrin Ray, a key figure in the Pride March movement and General Manager for ESG at Polar Enviro, has been instrumental in advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and visibility. Darren said, ‘…for this flag to be made by our team using our recycled Australian glass is not only exciting, but deeply rewarding.’

Justin Strunk, National General Manager for OmniGrip Direct said, ‘OmniGrip Direct has worked with the City of Greater Geelong for several years, helping it expand and maintain its network of bike lanes. Our Sales and Operations teams worked closely with the council to develop, design and implement this milestone project.

At all levels of Council, there’s been an appreciation of the need to deliver value to the community by using durable and sustainable products like OmniGrip CST, that comply with the highest road specifications in Victoria and Nationally. Council’s commitment to sustainability and safety is evident in again selecting OmniGrip CST to deliver the Progress Pride Flag.’

Conclusion

The new Geelong Progress Pride Flag, laid with OmniGrip CST, is not just a vibrant addition to the cityscape; it is symbolic of community, sustainability, and equality. We at OmniGrip Direct are honoured to contribute to this landmark project and look forward to continuing our support for initiatives that embody our values of safety and sustainability.

OmniGrip Direct is committed to enhancing road safety and building safety technology, and we take pride in our innovative solutions that make a difference in people’s lives. OmniGrip Direct is part of the Polar Enviro group of brands, along with Vivacity Smart Lighting and Smarterlite

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