Dreamworld says Thunder River Rapids Ride “passed safety inspection”

Dreamworld has revealed that the ride on which four people tragically lost their lives on Tuesday had passed a safety inspection less than four weeks ago.

“Park safety is our priority,” Ardent Leisure said in a statement.

“Dreamworld would like to assure the public and our guests that at the time of the incident the park was fully compliant with all required safety certifications.”


The theme park advised that the ride in question had undergone a full safety inspection only weeks ago.

“The Thunder River Rapids ride had successfully completed its annual mechanical and structural safety engineering inspection on 29 September 2016.”

“As per regulations, this safety audit was conducted by a specialist external engineering firm.”

Dreamworld said its safety procedures had been endorsed by Mr David Randall, Managing Director of DRA Safety Specialists.

In a statement, Mr Randall said he had been involved with Ardent Leisure conducting safety audits against the National Audit Tool over a period of the last six years.

“Dreamworld under the leadership of Craig Davidson, the CEO has demonstrated a commitment to developing and maintaining a strong safety culture across all departments. Annual audits have resulted in continuous improvement in the management of safety,” Mr Randall said.

“A number of consultancy visits to assist in the implementation have been undertaken and include regular training programs with the Senior Leadership Team which have kept them abreast of legislative requirements and changes.”

“This incident demonstrates that even well managed organisations can be exposed to serious incidents and I am confident that every effort will be expended by the organisation to identify the causal factors to prevent further incidents of this nature.”

Two women, aged 42 and 32, and two men aged 38 and 35 died when the Thunder River Rapids ride they were on malfunctioned around 2.20pm on Tuesday.

Two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were also on the same ride, however were thrown clear and miraculously escaped injury.

A full investigation remains ongoing.