Trees, UFB and the Transport Corridor - 22nd Sep 2010

Arborists involved early on national deployment of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative

Downer and Electrix facilitated a seminar and workshop concerning the rollout and deployment of UFB throughout New Zealand. The event took place at the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa and saw nearly 100 City Planners, Government Officials, Project Planners and Asset Managers take part.

Stacy Colyer (Greenscene Ltd), Chris Loughborough (North Shore City Council) and Mark Roberts (Thoughtplanters) lead a panel discussion about trees, and how to work with them on this project.

‘It was a great opportunity sow the seed early, to get the right people thinking about trees and incorporate that mindset into the start of the project’ Stacy Colyer said.

The UFB initiative is part of the Government's $1.5 billion investment in Ultra-Fast Broadband infrastructure. The Government's objective is to have UFB to 75 percent of New Zealanders over ten years, concentrating in the first six years on priority users such as businesses, schools and health services.

The presentation by the three tree people was well received. Several of the delegates commented that they were indifferent before the session but felt they had a better understanding of tree management and role of arborists.

‘Its really a statement on how our industry is viewed’ Mark Roberts said. We are no longer considered tree huggers in homespun jumpers, but serious professionals contributing to the economic growth and development of this country.

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