Resources are precious. Our property is to be stewarded for the sake of people but with a commitment to reduce waste, minimise one-off and short term consumption, contribute to a world at least as stable and safe as our world, reduce damage to the natural environment, increase contribution to the social and cultural environment, In short, the Catholic principle of an integrated ecology – a oneness of creation, objects and people – is to be followed.
People get passionate about the buildings and rooms they use or visit, from the Opera House to the Cricket Ground. If we visit and use buildings and rooms almost every day as we do in the workplace, the investment is all the deeper. This is a good thing, but Properties and facilities sometimes must remind us all these facilities are not ‘ours’, not to be used and treated as we choose. They are the institution’s property but more importantly, all of them serve the institution’s stated goals of truth and faith, goodness and gift. We should detach then, as well as attach, for we are just passing through; and in getting this balance right the professionals at properties and facilities are our true guides and friends.