2009 Corporate total asset management plan
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31 Corporate Asset Management Plan CCoorrppoorraattee AAsssseett MMaannaaggeemmeenntt PPllaann provides for its residents. This includes roads, cycle paths, areas around shopping centre, parks, recreation and sporting areas, libraries, child care and community centres. As the wider Darwin areas population grows, Council faces the challenges of accommodating the new residents needs and expectations and maintaining the quality of life that is currently evident within the community. 3.2 Changes in Technology The financial projects developed in the asset management plans are based on current technologies and service provision methodologies. Technological changes may alter the method of delivery and management of infrastructure or services. It is important to recognise such changes in technology and how it will alter asset management. Changes will include: Construction techniques; Maintenance techniques; Operational practices; Information systems use, availability and integration with existing systems; and Externalities impacting on the assets. Examples of technology change and its impact can be highlighted by looking at urban renewal issues: Advancement in wireless communication and integrated information systems may lead to a decentralised workforce, resulting in less demand on transport infrastructure to existing centres and a subsequent reinvention and renewal of these centres; and Increased efficiency of alternative energy sources technologies such as solar energy, may present an opportunity for Council to retrofit buildings and facilities with solar panels becoming energy self sufficient. 3.3 Demand Management Plan The key long term strategy is to manage the demand so that services can still be provided into the future at a reasonable cost. Demand management strategies may allow for the provision of key infrastructure to be deferred by changing demand. All asset classes will recognise the importance of demand management and will identify any current examples of demand management strategies in place. It is anticipated that future revisions of the Asset Management Plans will identify various demand management strategies that are aligned with the outcomes of other strategies.
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