A HUME councillor has locked her front gate to prevent power companies from installing a smart meter.
Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou said the State Government rollout, which is occurring in Tullamarine, Gladstone Park and Westmeadows, should be stopped.
“The State Government should put a halt to smart meter installations until they can guarantee residents health will not be affected, the meters are not faulty, residents can opt in and out, residents are not bullied by power companies to have their power disconnected if they refuse, and tariffs are affordable,” she said.
The Broadmeadows Progress Association, which has long campaigned against smart meters, has recently received legal advice that residents can say no to them being installed.
Barrister Eugene White advised the group power companies had no legal right to enter properties and install new meters, only to view existing equipment.
Broadmeadows Progress Association secretary John Rutherford and his wife Sonja have also put a lock on their meter box.