Dreamworld inquest hears safety funding ‘inadequate’

The former safety boss at Dreamworld has told the inquest into the 2016 tragedy that funding for his department was inadequate.

The inquest has resumed for its third two-week sitting as the Coroner investigates the deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi.

Angus Hutchings, the former Head of Safety for Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure is the first official to give evidence during this sitting.


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Mr Hutchings told the inquest that the corporate structure at the theme park was ineffective and had a lot of deficiencies.

He says that led to a lot of problems and would have contributed to the fatal accident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride in October 2016.

Mr Hutchings also criticised the theme park’s safety database, telling the inquest Dreamworld’s documentation of safety risks was poor and that staff didn’t enter all the relevant information.

He also conceded he wasn’t able to do his job effectively when he was promoted to oversee safety for both Dreamworld and Ardent Leisure in 2010.

“I was not effective in either role, I wasn’t superman,” Mr Hutchings told the inquest.

Earlier lawyers for Dreamworld came under fire after filing hundreds more documents just last week.

Counsel Assisting the Inquest Ken Fleming QC told the inquest it was “undesirable”.

“We are still here in the last tranche, bar two days, still receiving documents which should have been given to us in December, November and January, 2016 and 2017,” Mr Fleming said.

The inquest continues.

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