Port Robinson Coastal Reserves - proposed telecommunications facility
The Council is proposing to approve a licence, for ten years with two rights of renewal of ten years plus an additional right of renewal of 5 years, an area of approximately 36 square metres of the Port Robinson Coastal Reserve to The Rural Connectivity Group, to install, operate and maintain a telecommunications facility. The rental would be set at $3000 plus GST per annum and reviewed on the third anniversary of the Commencement Date and three yearly thereafter.
The proposed licence can be viewed here.
The RCG telecommunications structure will facilitate the provision of 4G wireless broadband and 4G voice calls (VoLTE) into the Gore Bay settlement by Spark, Vodafone, 2 Degrees and one other private provider. The proposed structure will be 10 metres high and deliver service to over 100 homes and businesses.
Hurunui District Council has granted a resource consent to the Rural Connectivity Group to install, operate and maintain a telecommunications facility. The resource consent application which includes a landscape assessment and the resource consent decision, can be viewed by clicking on these links:
About The Rural Connectivity Group
The RCG is funded by Government and New Zealand’s three service providers Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees. The RCG is tasked with building a telecommunications network across rural New Zealand (over 500 cell sites) as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2 (RBI2) and Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF). The sites The RCG build will deliver 4G wireless broadband and voice calling (VoLTE) services to areas with no coverage or poor coverage. Once complete by December 2023, RCG will connect over 30,000 homes and businesses and provide voice calling services to at least 1000km of state highway and over 100 tourist locations.
The RCG will build 11 cell sites across the Hurunui District delivering 4G wireless broadband and voice calling services to:
- Over 730 homes and businesses
- Nearly 40KM of state highway
- 4 tourist locations
The RCG has already built and livened three sites delivering digital connectivity to Teviotdale, Pyramid Valley and Domett. The remaining sites are located at Poplars Ridge, Marble Point, Poplars Range, Inland Road, Lyford South, Port Robinson (to cover Gore Bay), St James Trail, Lyford and Mt Grey.
Under the Government funded RBI2 programme (https://www.crowninfrastructure.govt.nz/rural/what/ ) the Gore Bay township and surrounding area has been selected as an area that will benefit from the infrastructure to bring 4G wireless broadband and voice calling services to homes and businesses locally. RCG has identified the Gore Bay site will bring wireless broadband and voice calling coverage to approximately 100 residents, businesses, and visitors of the wider Gore Bay area, provide improved resiliency in emergency situations, and will allow for future telecommunications upgrades should they be required.
RCG’s team of experts have spent some considerable time scoping and assessing the wider Gore Bay/Port Robinson area to reach a final site location to build a cell site facility of which the Port Robinson Coastal Reserve was selected as the location for the site. The site will sit near to an existing Wireless Internet Service Providers pole (WISP – Amuri net). Below is a map of the coverage RCG’s technical team predicts the township will benefit from once the RCG site is livened.
Map identifying the coverage RCG’s technical team predicts the township will benefit from once the RCG site is livened:
To find out more about the Crown Infrastructure Partners visit https://www.crowninfrastructure.govt.nz/
To find out more about the Rural Connectivity Group visit https://www.thercg.co.nz/ or check out this fact sheet about them
Port Robinson Coastal Reserves - Reserve Management Plan
The Port Robinson Coastal Reserves Management Plan can be viewed here.
What do you think?
Making a submission is your way to be heard. We want to hear from you regardless of whether you support the proposal or not.
Your submission needs to be in writing on this form or the 'submit now' link below and returned to the Council by 5pm on 8 October 2021. You can email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or return by post or delivery to Hurunui District Council, 66 Carters Road, PO Box 13, Amberley 7441.
For further information please contact:
Hurunui District Council
Liz Atkins, Team Leader Property & Amenities Planning
Ph 027 733 2237
Rural Connectivity Group
Gill Evans, Community Engagement Manager
Ph 021 240 6507