A smart meter awareness meeting was held at the Venus Bay Community Centre on Friday the 15th of March. Two sessions were available; one in the morning and one in the evening.
The guest speakers were John and Sonja Rutherford from the Broadmeadows Progress Association.
Almost one hundred people were present between the two meetings, which is unheard of in Venus Bay. This obviously displays the concerns of many people have about smart meters in this area. Most were local, but some had travelled quite a distance.
Sonja and John did an amazing job explaining the many different concerns related to smart meters. The audience was captivated – learning about the different issues regarding this technology.
A Venus Bay Smart Meter Awareness Group was formed from these 2 meetings with much work to do in the future.
One of the issues for this area is that the majority of houses are owned by holiday makers. The group is looking into how this will affect our area.
Also present was South Gippsland Shire Mayor Cr Kieren Kennedy. Mayor Kennedy was very interested and supportive into looking at what council may be able to do.
Since the meeting many people in the Venus Bay and surrounding areas have locked their meter boxes and vowed not to give up.
The smart meter meeting was reported in both the local papers, The Star and The Sentinel Times. Also a couple of days after Star FM Radio were talking on the Breakfast Show about the Venus Bay meeting. Some time was spent talking about this issue on air with many individuals calling in with many different concerns.
Star FM have been in contact with the Venus Bay Smart Meter Awareness Group and are wanting to have a representative speak on air soon. They passed on their support from everyone at Star FM. Calls continue to come in each day from concerned residents wanting to know more.
The smart meter meeting continues to be the talk of the town.
Kylie Laing Convenor Venus Bay Smart Meter Awareness Group