Sydney’s Skywalk attraction ‘closed until further notice’ after man’s death

Sydney Tower’s Skywalk attraction has been closed until further notice after a man tragically took his own life overnight.

The fatal incident happened just after 7.00pm, with several emergency crews rushing to the iconic building on Market Street.

In a statement provided to myGC, Sydney Tower Eye Divisional Director Rob Smith confirmed the company was providing counselling and support to staff and guests who witnessed the incident.


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“We confirm an incident took place on SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye on the evening of Sunday 8th July whereby an individual sadly took their own life,” Mr Smith said.

“This is a very distressing situation for all those involved, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the guest, the Sydney Tower Eye team, and our guests.

“The details of the incident are currently being investigated, and we are providing counselling and support to the other guests affected as well as ongoing support to our staff.”

It’s the second tragic death on the attraction in just four months. In March, a woman also took her own life.

“Following the incident on Thursday 8th March, Sydney Tower Eye undertook a full and comprehensive review of its safety measures which has led to a number of changes aimed to prevent such incidents,” Mr Smith said in a statement.

“These include the introduction of a full body harness with strict controls to avoid removal outside of deliberate and significant intention.

“Additionally, significant modifications to the harness equipment, safety attachments and clothing, as well as guest briefing protocols, designed to actively deter tampering have been introduced. These were developed in consultation with third party safety and security experts.”

Sydney Tower Eye confirmed the Skywalk attraction will remain closed until further notice.

“Further information regarding the re-opening of SKYWALK will be shared in due course. Guests who have booked for the next seven days will be automatically refunded or contacted by the team. Guests with SKYWALK bookings made after 16th July will be contacted by the team.”

The Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck remains open to the public.

Anyone affected by yesterday’s event is being urged to contact Lifeline.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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