Seven improvement notices have been issued to Dreamworld by Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) officers in the wake of a deadly ride malfunction last month, as a minister reveals she expects the Gold Coast theme park to reopen by Christmas.
In a statement acknowledging the breaches, Dreamworld said none related to the safety of visitors and all the inspectors’ concerns would be addressed before the park reopened to the public.
It said along with the improvement notices, several “prohibition” notices were issued concerning the BuzzSaw ride, specifying concerns with the “maintenance safety harness anchor points” and an error regarding the “maintenance safety chain”.
Several of the notices related to Dreamworld’s adjoining facility, WhiteWater World.
The safety audit follows the accident last month on the Thunder River Rapids ride in which public servants Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozbeh Araghi were killed alongside 42-year-old Cindy Low.
Two young children escaped when a raft flipped into another raft.
A coroner’s investigation into the accident is ongoing, and the Thunder River Rapids has been permanently decommissioned.
Dreamworld chief executive officer Craig Davidson said the breaches identified by WHS involved procedural matters, paperwork improvements and the safety of staff and maintenance workers.
He said the notices would be addressed before the parks reopened.
In addition to that safety audit, he said there would be a multi-tiered review by Dreamworld’s own engineers, an international theme park safety expert and leading Australian amusement ride engineers, Pitt & Sherry.
Dreamworld outlined the improvement notices in a statement released late yesterday: