A CRANBOURNE woman says she will continue to resist having a smart meter installed in spite of a government review recommending that the roll-out remain.
The review, which included an independent cost-benefit analysis, dismissed health and safety concerns and concluded that the economic benefits of the new automatic technology relied on the meters being installed at all properties across the state.
Mandatory installation of the meters had been suspended while the review was under way but will now resume. Rosina ONeal told the Weekly she would continue to secure her meter box to prevent her electricity supplier from installing a meter at her property.
Mrs ONeal dismissed threats that households would lose supply unless they had a meter installed. “You can’t leave elderly people like my mother without electricity. Its immoral and dangerous.” A coalition of groups, including the Casey and Cardinia Smartmeter Awareness Group, is now seeking legal advice on their position. A spokeswoman for the group, Kate Everett, said mandatory installation violated the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. The charter, which became law in 2006, requires governments and other public authorities to consider human rights when they make laws, develop policies or provide services.
Opponents of the new technology claim radiation from the meters can cause cancers, Alzheimers disease and heart attacks. Another Cranbourne resident, Heather Rostan, told the Weekly she had suffered severe headaches since having the meter installed against her wishes 10 months ago.