MaxY posts make for flood-ready fencing - 14 February 2014

Building fences that withstand time and natural disasters can be a challenge. The key for contractor Chris Dalbosco is the strength of the posts, and his recommendation to clients is always to go with steel. 

The Black Saturday bushfires destroyed thousands of kilometres of fencing around northern Victoria, where he works. The area is also prone to regular flooding and Mr Dalbosco says clients are increasingly looking for fire-resistant and strong fences. 

He regularly draws on experience on his own 200-acre property at Rosewhite, where he runs Herefords. 

"I used 180cm MaxY posts from Waratah on a floodway with netting attached to bottom wires to block a gap," Mr Dalbosco said. 

"After inches of heavy rain and flooding this gathered much debris and placed extreme pressure on the fence, but the MaxY posts stood firm. 

"Clients in the area have regularly had concrete posts break or crack in the same situation." 

While timber and concrete posts have historically been the mainstay for fencing in the area, Mr Dalbosco is now using nothing but Waratah materials for new fencing across his property, including MaxY posts and four plain wires, Tyeasy standard gal, and three strands of Iowa barb. 

"There's lot of new fencing going on around here as we have a lot of hobby farmers with flocks of alpacas, sheep and goats," Mr Dalbosco said. 

"Fencing materials are a client's choice and not all want steel posts, but steel set-ups are quicker and if a fire comes through they’ll remain standing. 

"Wherever I can convince people, I use MaxYs, because I’ve seen firsthand on my place that they can withstand the pressure of flood waters and I also know the benefits of steel after fire. 

"I'll use them more and more."