Services Survey

31 May 2017 | General Interest



Last week a Services Survey was undertaken on a section of Mary MacKillop Place. High tech equipment was used to determine where underground the electricity, storm water and sewer run. For the record the blue line is the sewer, the green is the stormwater and the yellow is the electricity. The telephone cables also run with the electricity cables.

The survey benefits us in a few ways:

  • It helps us locate the services should one need repair.
  • It prevents damage being incurred through works inadvertently disconnecting these services.
  • It allows us to plan to move these utilities around to maintain services while major works take place.

The survey helps us answer one of the many questions that we ask every day at Mary MacKillop Place:

  • How does what we do affect others?
  • Can we act sustainably?
  • Making sure we don’t damage something and then need more earth resources and money to repair it.
  • Making sure we don’t ruin something that already exists in the making of a new thing.

This allows me to indulge in one of my favourite passages from The Lord of The Rings:

“I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!”

I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.

“I liked white better,” I said.

“White!” he sneered. “It serves as a beginning. White cloth may be dyed. The white page can be overwritten; and the white light can be broken.”

“In which case it is no longer white,” said I. “And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

                        –Gandalf, recounting his confrontation with Saruman in The Fellowship of the Ring

Reminding us to be careful how we tread.