Woman bitten by deadly brown

GOODNA council workers have been placed on alert after a woman was bitten by a snake at Evan Marginson Park.

Ipswich City Council parks, sport and recreation committee chairman David Morrison said park officers searched the area after the woman was bitten on Friday night.

"She was bitten by what appears to be a brown snake, an ambulance attended and she was given first-aid on site," Cr Morrison said.

"The incident occurred on the lower pathway, close to the drainage reserve."

Cr Morrison said park officers had found no sign of the snake, but would remain vigilant during subsequent visits.

"They'll keep an eye out for the snake during future patrols," he said.

"If we see snakes in parks we definitely remove them, our crews are equipped and we call in a snake catcher if necessary."

Area councillor Paul Tully said the incident highlighted the need for Ipswich residents to be wary about snakes over the summer.

"The recent warm weather has brought snakes out early this year," Cr Tully said.

"I have had reports of snakes particularly near the Brisbane River at Goodna and around Woogaroo Creek."

He said snakes had also been spotted near the Ipswich to Brisbane train line, where they live in the embankments, as well as in bushland through Springfield, Goodna and through to Redbank Plains.

SNAKE SAFETY

Leave snakes alone, particularly if they have been provoked or are injured.

Know first-aid; seek medical help and keep the patient still and calm.

Wear suitable clothing and boots in known snake areas.

Avoid long grass, don't reach in or under logs and rocks.

Topics:  bite, brown snake, goodna



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