ANTI-smart meter activists packed a Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meeting last month as councillors raised concerns about the compulsory installation of the meters.
After a heated debate and amid cheers from the gallery, the council resolved to write to Premier Ted Baillieu requesting that Energy Minister Michael O’Brien urgently meet community group representatives concerned about the smart meter roll out.
An amendment was also passed for the council to ask Health Minister David Davis to initiate and carry out a thorough investigation into the implications on health and well-being among people exposed to electromagnetic radiation emitted from the smart meters.
The original motion was put forward by Cr Leigh Eustace, who attended a public meeting on smart meters in Seaford on August 9.
Cr Tim Rodgers also attended the meeting and was passionate about raising the concerns over smart meters, despite allegations by another councillor that it was an election tactic.
“This is the disease of the 21st century,” he said, likening the side effects allegedly linked to smart meters to asbestos and the tobacco industry.
Cr Rodgers said he had heard from people who, just 30 minutes after smart meters had been installed, had suffered ill effects, including nausea and headaches from the electromagnetic radiation. “We need to say this isn’t right and we need to get rid of it right now,” he said to applause from members of the gallery.
Speaking to the Weekly, Rosebud resident Tamara Hicks said the installation of smart meters in her street had reduced her quality of life. “I can’t even sit here and have my breakfast with that noise going,” she said.
“I have had the skin rash, red face and hands, heart palpitations, waking up every hour and there is a constant ringing sound. It has made my fridge rev and my washing machine hum. Even my solar lights have been pulsating.”
Ms Hicks said she had been forced to move furniture in her house away from her neighbour’s smart meter so she could sleep at night.
“I have locked up my meter box to prevent the power company installing a smart meter. I’m not having one, because I don’t want any more radiation in here.”