How green is my raceway
Bikers do their bit for nature, writes CRAIG DUFF
GREENING the State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford is part of Motorcycling Victoria’s care for the environment.
The state’s motorcycling fraternity is prominent in minimising our transport footprint and World Environment Day puts the spotlight on the Broadford site.
More than 1000 trees— mostly natives — have been planted there.
But that’s about to change. Head grounds-keeper John Coleman is overseeing planting of deciduous species that will provide shade in summer, but aren’t as volatile as the native gums. The deciduous saplings will be planted around camping areas where they have a practical advantage because their limbs don’t drop as readily as some gum varieties.
Coleman has devised a method of cataloguing seed types from the existing trees at the complex.
These are sewn into seed boxes and potted up. When ready, and when conditions are suitable, the young trees are planted in areas identified as new, or to replace fallen trees.
The aim is to plant 10 trees for each tree that falls.
The Broadford complex also puts a priority on recycling and for the past six years has collected as much material as possible.
The Broadford 1st Scout Group helps staff recycle all cardboard boxes, cans and bottles. The venue has reduced the material it sends to landfill by more than 65 per cent of mass.