As far as snakes are concerned, Richard Malpass is their protector. He offers a free service to the people of Mitchell and surrounds -- 24 hours/7 days -- to capture troublesome snakes and then release them in bushland. Richard the Snake Catcher is also Richard the Warrior; a young man with a mass of curly black hair and a hearty laugh who's been responsible for stopping the burning off at the local dump, and also the burning of pine offcuts and sawdust at the Mitchell cypress mill. Prior to Richard's action, Mitchell was frequently shrouded in smoke. Committed to eliminating the damaging effects of smoke pollution in Mitchell, Richard set out on a campaign. He's the sort of person who notices a problem, researches it and then jumps into action. Never afraid to stick his neck out, forever persistent and with a wide variety of tactics up his sleeve, Richard gets things done.
Passionate about animal welfare, recycling and sculpture, Richard the Snake Catcher is also known for his controversial sculpture displayed at the Maranoa Gallery in Mitchell. A large charred cross provides a platform for a very in-your -face statement about man's inhumane treatment of animals. Thanks to Richard -- our neighbour and friend -- the people of Mitchell breathe clean air and need have no fear of venomous snakes.