Angry Gippsland Residents have formed a coalition against smart meters.
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For several reasons an elderly pensioner, who lives in Warragul , considered the Government’s smart meter was not in her interest and decided to exercise her right to refuse installation of this new device on her property.
Although the State Government has mandated the electricity distributors to “do their best endeavours to install the smart meters by 2013”, there is no legal enforcement for customers to accept these new electrical devices. Customers have the right to refuse.
A notice was fixed to her meter box indicating that permission to install was not granted. Last week when the SP Ausnet installers came to her street she spoke with them telling them of her decision and to ensure one was not installed on her property.
They appeared to respect her wishes but she kept a watch on them all week.
With no installers in sight she went to do her shopping and returned two hours later to find a smart meter installed.
What unbelievable lengths are SP Ausnet installers allowed to go to get their piece rate for each meter installed?
This outrageous action by SP Ausnet is not an isolated incident but this time the lady is very upset and angry with this disregard for her democratic rights as well as her health and safety. She wants the immediate removal of the installed electrical device
She has the support of family and local residents.
When SP Ausnet allowed this installation to occur, as they have done in the past, what they did not know was a “Smart Meter Public Awareness Forum” was held in Drouin on Thursday May 10th. This pensioner was one of the 100 people in attendance.
At this meeting it was resolved to form a “West Gippsland Anti Smart Meter Coalition”
This time she is not on her own. Members of the newly formed Anti Smart Meter Coalition will be rallying to support her and already legal action is being considered.
Minister for Energy, Michael O’ Brien, has stated that he expects the electricity distributors to respect the wishes of the customers.
Unfortunately Minister O’ Brien is either turning a blind eye or is not aware of the increasing bullying tactics of the distributors and the rising anger developing in the Community