HUME residents are powering ahead with their fight against smart meters.
As part of an upgrade to Victoria’s electricity infrastructure, all households and businesses will be fitted with the digital meters by the end of the year.
But more than 100 people, the majority from Hume, called on the State Government at a meeting in Broadmeadows earlier this month to review the installation of the meters.
Broadmeadows Progress Association member Sonja Rutherford said the major issue was denying people a right of choice.
She also claims there has been a rise in faults and fires due to rushed installations.
“There is no law that says we have to accept it,” Ms Rutherford said.
“There are questions of safety, security and the fact that it increases our prices.”
Objectors also cite health problems, despite meters meeting Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency standards.
Hume councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou remains strongly against the meters, keeping her gate locked to keep power supplier Jemena out. “The health issues are really a concern to me, especially now given that I’ve had breast cancer (and my) son last year had a brain tumour,” she said.
Jemena spokeswoman Samantha Porter said customers had an obligation to provide distributors with “convenient and unhindered access to the meter for any purpose associated with the supply, mastering or billing of electricity” under the Electricity Distribution Code.
“Jemena will continue to work directly with customers who do not wish to have a smart meter installed to understand their concerns and address these,” Ms Porter said.