MEMBERS of Darebin’s Progress Association are encouraging residents to padlock their electricity boxes to stop smart meters being installed.
Association spokeswoman Marion Harper said Melbourne barrister Eugene White had given legal advice there was nothing illegal in refusing smart meter installation.
But power company spokesman Scott Parker said residents who locked meter boxes and refused smart meters risked having their power cut off.
Ms Harper, a Reservoir resident, said she and others who’d padlocked their meter boxes were worried about radiation from the smart meters.
“When I’m in bed, my head is near where the electricity box is,” Ms Harper said.
“They’re saying it’s safe now but this could be the next asbestos or cigarettes.”
She said there were also privacy issues and concerns it could further push up electricity bills, or force people to do their washing at 3am to avoid peak times.
“A lot of us feel very strongly about these issues,” Ms Harper said.
“When they came to install smart meters at a Greek retirement village, three women chased them down with brooms.”