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Smart MeterAs per a resent phone conversation with Powercor

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Smart Meter

As per a resent phone conversation with Powercor Australia I have expressed my interest in not having a Smart Meter installed on my premises, South Geelong Victoria. As acknowledge by the Powercor operator the current installed device is fully operational and therefore does not need replacement.

As this change only benefits the vendor but has little positive impact for the end-user and according to information gathered online negative feedback on billing, overcharges, dis-functional devices including diverse impacts on personal health conditions.

My question, are their any legal opportunities to defer, delay or cancel the installation of such devices such as Smart Meter, and what are the legal steps I can follow if any to avoid further unauthorised access and/or prevent large corporate government organisation to enter my property through 3rd party business installing devices which have not been granted for installation by the property owner.

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Manfred XXXXXXXXX
My question, are their any legal opportunities to defer, delay or cancel the installation of such devices such as Smart Meter, and what are the legal steps I can follow if any to avoid further unauthorised access and/or prevent large corporate government organisation to enter my property through 3rd party business installing devices which have not been granted for installation by the property owner.

The only thing you can do is build a secure box around your current meter to prevent them from replacing your current meter with a smart meter. It is lawful to do this, however, the expense would have to be borne by yourself and the meter must still be readable. Therefore the box will need a transparent plastic or glass front to allow this.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
In case I lock the meter box, are their any consequences I may, will or can face such as late installation fees, disconnection of electricity, power companies refuse to deliver electricity into the property due to the old meter, increased or penelised electricity bills, or any other legal disadvantage caused by Powercor and/or other legal entities. Are their any legal ramifications.

Thank you
No, there would be no legal consequences to doing this.

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