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In general these materials are used for 3 purposes here in the states. Perhaps looking in the same industries in Oz will help you find something similar:

Sports fields. These materials help dry the fields, and keep them in good condition for play. Turface, Soil Master Select (no longer available) are the 2 that are most often discussed for aquariums. Check the available colors. Here, they are sold through companies that sell to greenskeepers (golf, parks, schools...) and irrigation stores (Landscape, other)

Kitty Litter. Watch it! Some kitty litter falls apart faster, and may have other ingredients like perfumes. Color will probably be off white.

Oil and spill absorption: Look in janitorial, automotive and similar stores. Repair places that service cars, tractors and similar things will probably have sources for this sort of material. Oil Dri, Safe-T-Sorb and other products are sold for this purpose. Again, look at the colors. Safe-T-Sorb is highly thought of for aquariums because of its natural soft grey and tan blend.
 

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Every substrate material has plus and minus factors.
If you can make it work for you and your fish and plants, then that is good.
 
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