Tabulam resident shocked by taipan in long grass.
Tabulam resident shocked by taipan in long grass. Contributed

Tabulam resident has run in with deadly taipan

AFTER avoiding a deadly taipan, a Tabulam resident is pleading with Kyogle Council to mow the waist-high grass along Grafton St to prevent further snakebites.

When Adrian Keefe read about young Eli Campbell who was bitten four times, the 72-year-old contacted The Northern Star to report his wife had also had a scary encounter with a taipan.

And he's incensed Kyogle Council is ignoring their repeated requests to mow the long grass he said is the perfect place for deadly snakes to lurk.

He said it was frustrating to receive no response from council about a potentially deadly issue.

"My wife Caron also cheated death two days ago when she felt the taipan slither away from her in the four-foot long grass that constitutes Grafton St, Tabulam," he said.

"Despite my wife pleading with Kyogle (council) to cut the grass - after two letters from me to the shire - because of fire and snakes, Kyogle refuses to act. They are totally deaf to us."

"I do not know where to turn to when the (council) ignores pleas and warnings of snakes and fire risk."

Mr Keefe said he was concerned for other residents of the town who also used the Tabulam Oval and nearby streets.

"The taipan lives in the creek beds that surround us and with colonies of eastern browns, red-belly blacks and even tiger snakes, we live in a bed of snakes," he said.

"We have lost a pup recently to snakebite. We can't walk out of our home into the street at night for fear of snakes."

However, a council spokesman said they had received the Keefe's complaints regarding the grass, but needed to call in larger machinery.

"We sent a team out to mow the area, but because the grass was so long, the mower sent was not adequate for the job in Grafton St, although the other areas were mowed," the spokesman said.

"Council is sending out a tractor and slasher next week as soon as it is available."

Mr Keefe said he was happy to learn the council was taking action but disappointed he learned this through a third party.

"Normal manners mean council should contact us directly rather than learning from someone else," he said.

"We pay our rates so contacting us directly is their responsibility."