Wimmera anti-Smart Meter campaigner Di Bell of Horsham and a group of supporters have rekindled a push against the household installation of the digital measuring devices.
Mrs Bell, an outspoken critic of the safety of the meters and a program roll-out process, has launched another ‘public awareness’ advertising campaign on the issue.
Mrs Bell, a member of a national Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, said in a letter to The Weekly Advertiser that, based on her research into the devices, she remained unconvinced they were safe.
“They (authorities) say ‘they are safe’ and will continue to do so. Based on my research I don’t believe they are,” she wrote.
“Asbestos was classed as safe too until it was later proven not to be.”
Mrs Bell said people had continued to get in touch with her since she raised personal concerns in late 2011.
She said the issue was as much about a right to make a choice as it was a health concern.
Other Wimmera residents have also written to The Weekly Advertiser with concerns. An anti-Smart Meters group has called a Horsham public meeting on Sunday at 1.30pm at Horsham’s White Hart Hotel.
All households and small businesses in Victoria are scheduled to have the new digital meters, designed to provide accurate power-use information consumer-friendly benefits, by the end of this year.
The State Government, through its Smart Meters website, provides in-depth information about the benefits and safety of the devices.
This advertisement, paid for by local anti-smart meter campaigners, was published in the Weekly Advertiser, along with the above article and a letter to the editor that can be found on Page 7 at http://issuu.com/weekly.advertiser/docs/1610backup001/7?e=6050313/5241827 :