To: CEO, Mary potter nursing home, the Forrest centre, Wagga Wagga NSW

Don't change a sunny garden for residents at a nursing home into a staff smoking area

Reinstate a north facing garden as a smoke free area for ageing residents of the nursing home and not for the benefit of staff who smoke.

Why is this important?

Many residents don't have the ability to leave the nursing home and they enjoy a little time in the sun, overlooking a grassed and wooded area in front of the nursing home. Residents enjoying this also benefit from natural vitamin d, engage in conversation with folk on the other side of a dividing fence, see the changes in season through the leaves of the trees and the many birds that fly nearby. It is important that the community norm be upheld in that these residents were not consulted about the change in use and the provision of smoking areas are being reduced.