Fyntrim released a new lower cost version of their aluminium multi-function light pole. Called the Multipole Macarthur range, it is available in 6.5m, 7.5m and 9m nominal lengths with single or double 1.5m, 3m or 4.5m long outreach arms. These poles are designed primarily to replace galvanised steel light poles. Both Mirvac and Integral Energy were involved in determining the pole specifications. Integral has since approved use of the new pole on their network.
Multifunction poles are utilised in modern cities to clean up the streetscape by facilitating the mounting of street lighting, street signs, traffic signals and banners, all on a single pole. Thus fewer poles are required and footpaths have fewer obstructions.
Some years ago Fyntrim’s product development manager, Douglas Rawson-Harris designed the multi-function street pole that ultimately became the modern street pole installed in Sydney CBD at the time of the 2000 Olympics and is still used in Sydney today.
The ideas behind Multipole is an amalgam of concepts developed by Douglas in over 30 years of experience in the design, manufacture and maintenance of yacht spars, flagpoles, banner poles and light poles. Worldwide patents have been applied for and Australian designs have been registered to protect the Multipole intellectual property.
Multipole has several unique features. Items such as signs, video surveillance cameras and banners can readily be fitted at any time to the external tracks on Multipole via an ingenious tamper resistant clamping system. The Macarthur range utilizes a very robust patented pole base with plenty of room inside for electrical connections.
Multipole is made from a structural grade of corrosion resistant marine aluminium without the need for a central steel core. It is a long life pole without the disadvantages of steel. These poles are ideal for use in coastal areas where galvanised steel poles are quickly rusted by the moist salty environment.