TAMARA Hicks is leading a street vigil to stop smart meter contractors in their tracks.
Ms Hicks is one of a group of residents from Sixth Ave and surrounding streets angry they may be forced to have the devices fitted against their will.
The group has posted signs banning workmen access to properties and some have locked up meters by drilling holes and fitting padlocks and chains.
Installation of the meters has begun at other houses on the street by the United Energy contractor Jemena.
“I will do whatever I have to do to stop them,” Ms Hicks said.
“If I have to chain myself to the meter box then I will.
“I have concerns over what effect they may have long-term to my health.”
Ms Hicks said she suffered multiple chronic illnesses and had a medical certificate stating these may be exacerbated by close proximity to electromagnetic frequency devices, such as smart meters.
Energy Safe Victoria recently released a report that found smart meters do not pose any greater safety risk than older meters.
Lola Kurzman, 89, fears the meter will increase her bill.
“We are on a budget and don’t see a reason for any change,” Ms Kurzman said.
United Energy corporate affairs manager Stuart Allott said while the company was entitled to replace the meters, he said contractors would not cut locks.
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