How green is my race­way

Bik­ers do their bit for na­ture, writes CRAIG DUFF

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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