MEETING MEDIA RELEASE by the Casey & Cardinia Smartmeter Awareness Group – 30th November


Are you concerned about any of these issues?

  • Your electricity bills going through the roof with the new Time of Use tariff.
  • Health issues related to the meters microwave radiation – you can’t turn it off!
  • Mandatory installations – why don’t you have a choice?

If you said yes to one or all of the above then this meeting may interest you.

Costs – bills are increasing by 50%! The AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) was approved by the Brumby Government and now the public are paying for it. Roll out costs to Consumers are planned to continue until 2028, and thanks to previous legislation, consumers have been paying for the AMI on their electricity bills since the beginning of 2011, regardless of whether they have a Smartmeter or not. With the introduction of the new Time of Use tariff consumers bills are increasing in some cases by 50%!

Safety: With no public consultation prior to the roll out, there are many alarming factors becoming apparent with the Smartmeter technology concerning house fires, rising costs, privacy concerns and very damaging health problems. Many Residents Groups have now been set up to spread awareness of the emerging issues surrounding the Smartmeter roll out. Our Group is based around the Casey Cardinia district.

Water and Gas as well: Besides the Electricity and Telecommunications network, Water and Gas are other utilities which are planned to be communicating with RFSmartmeters within an exponentially accumulating microwave grid network throughout the State.

Some have now banned the Smartmeters: The Government is standing by the ‘safe’ limit from ARPANSA which is arguably much higher than eminent world scientists proclaim as safe, especially for children. The Copenhagen Resolution endorsed by Scientists in 2010 substantially acknowledged the dangers of microwave radiation, asked for official warnings for the general public, and safe alternatives to wireless technology.  Additionally, The World Health Organization has classified wireless radiofrequency emissions as a possible human carcinogen in May of this year, placing it in the same category as lead and DDT. Some Countries, with pressure from concerned residents, have now banned the Smartmeters.

Measure microwave radiation emissions: Apart from rising costs, there are many people who have experienced acute physical distress and social upheaval after Smartmeters have been installed in their locality.  With pressure from the electorate, an independent Consultant has been engaged by the present Government to measure microwave radiation emissions from the Smartmeters.  No independent Consultant has been engaged to research and report on health effects from the Smartmeters or the microwave grids.

With big questions hanging over the safety of these microwave emissions, Energy Minister O’Brien has still stated “there are problems with the Smartmeters…..but safety is not one of them.”

With so many people experiencing health problems in relation to Smartmeter RF microwave radiation throughout their homes and the environment, residents are not content to believe the story that there are no safety issues with these Smartmeters.

No-one should be forced: The Energy Minister has stated that no one should be forced to accept a Smartmeter until the results of a Financial Review into the roll out are finalised.  Concerned residents do not want to be FORCED to accept a Smartmeter on their homes even after the result of the Financial Review. We are supposed to live in a democracy.

More information about these alarming issues needs to be given to the public, and unless residents seek answers from the Government and those who do not have a vested interest in the Utility Companies, these answers will not be forthcoming.

The Casey & Cardinia Smartmeters Awareness Group has organised a FREE PUBLIC FORUM at which people can hear from Guest Speakers, listen to Residents who have had their families health and financial welfare seriously affected by the Smartmeter roll out,  and be able to voice their questions and concerns.

The Public Forum on Smartmeters will be on Wednesday 30th November 2011 at the Uniting Church Hall, 47 James Street Pakenham (MEL 317 8D) at 7.00pm.

There is plenty of parking on the street and in nearby Public Carparks.  Literature will be available.  Gold coin donations appreciated to help cover costs.

Click here to print out a PUBLIC FORUM POSTER to share with others.

Join with us to fight for our democratic rights.

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