A snake sighting at the Adventure Play Park in Moama has forced the park to close.RENEE THOMPSON January 9, 2014 4:21am
Cousins Caitlyn, 12, Alex, 8, and Riley Souter, 12, out the front of the Adventure Play Park in Moama this week.
Children on school holidays have been unable to enjoy the Adventure Play Park in Moama after a snake seen at the park forced the venue to close.
The park, at Moama Recreation Reserve on Perricoota Rd, has been closed to families since the end of last week.
The snake was seen near the playpark entrance, which now has a barrier restricting entrance and a sign warning people not to enter because of the snake.
Murray Shire compliance officer David Dundee said the snake was sighted and reported to council sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
‘‘We don’t know if it’s still onsite or was just passing through,’’ he said.
‘‘A snake catcher has been called out three times to try and find the snake, without success.
‘‘We’re not taking any risks and we’re going to keep the playground closed until further notice.’’
Koyuga’s Amanda Souter turned up to the park yesterday only to find it closed.
‘‘I’m really disappointed,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s school holidays and I’d hoped it would be open.
‘‘I’ve brought my son Riley and his two cousins, Alex and Caitlin, who are down here visiting from Queensland.’’
‘‘We’ve been to Oz Maze and Mini Golf across the river then came across here, but we’ll have to go home shortly now instead.’’
Mrs Souter believed closing the park because of a snake sighting was a little excessive and questioned how long the park would be closed as a safety precaution.
‘‘They can’t be certain it’s still in there,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s the same as if you come across a snake in your own garden or backyard.
‘‘There’s the rule, if you see something, don’t poke at it.’’
A park worker present at the time the Riv visited said a snake catcher was coming down every day to try and find the snake.
The worker stressed the closure was for public safety, but sympathised with Mrs Souter and other people wanting to use the park.
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