Hello all, I live in St.Andrews Vic. 3761. I have all the signage displayed re trespassing and smart meter refusal etc…Due my physical disabilities I wasn’t able to put a padlocked box over my analogue meter, but I did the best I could and managed to attach a plastic coated wire draw (the type that sits in a frame in wardrobes etc..) over the meter, but no padlock.
I have refused the installation once before in Feb.’13 and ignored a letter asking that access to my veranda be made for installation (I think this meant that my car was in the way, but I’m not sure). I wrote to Danielle Green MP last week asking for support, she passed me onto Cindy McLeish, MP for Seymour, it is now the 29th Nov and I am still awaiting a reply.
I am 47, live with two other ladies 81 and 75yr olds, my home is registered medical heating/cooling dependent due to medical conditions, and we depend on an electrical pump to provide running water from our tank to the house.
I bumped into the Smart Meter installer contractor in my front yard on Tuesday morning (19th,Nov. 13). During our peaceful diplomatic chat he said he was told “to ignore all No Trespassing signs etc..and that (due to OHS), an industrial approved padlock on meter boxes was going to become law. Because I have refused twice now my home has been upgraded to a priority for installation and if I don’t accept the smart meter I will be fined and my power will be cut off”.
He was a nice man who admitted that his job was taking a toll on his mental health due to the many threatening situations he had been in and he wasn’t sure how much longer he could keep doing it. His knowledge on smart meters was limited and I was able to give him a crash education sessions …..he was surprised at what he learnt. I directed him to stopsmartmeters.com.au website for further reading. He also told me that…. *If I hadn’t been home he would have installed the meter *that my analogue meter belonged to Ausnet and they can do what they want with it (is that true?) * he had only earned $6.oo because I refused him work *that the installers have a master key to the industrial approved padlocks (therefore avoiding breaking and entering) *And that there were only two others in my town who have refused installation.
I don’t know who these others are. I am in email contact with a Stop
Smart Meters Australia member who lives in Whittlesea and have this website
for support. When I spoke to the contractor I felt the voice of many moving through me and I felt empowered and honoured that I was able to speak in the defence of others as well as myself. I wonder though just how far I can go and if I need to camp out 24/7 on my own veranda just so I can send them away next time they come to install the Dumb Meter.
Leave me be SP AusNet, You have harmed me enough already!
With best wishes and thanks to everyone, good luck, and hang in there…..I still am