River Rapids Tragedy: Ride nine months overdue on inspections

A Coronial Inquest into the Thunder River Rapids Ride has heard the ride was nine months overdue for mandatory registration at the time of the fatal incident.

Former safety manager Mark Thompson said the ride’s registration had lapsed in January 2016 and needed to be inspected before this could be renewed.

This did not happen until after the death of Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozbeh Aragahi and Cindy Low on October 25, 2016.


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The inquest also revealed the park had gotten an extension on their registration checks.

Emails between Dreamworld and the State Government showed the theme park had gotten an extension on their inspections until December 1, 2016.

Mr Thompson told the court that often the older rides were overlooked for maintenance with the theme park focusing on the upkeep of newer rides.

The court also heard that Dreamworld was operating behind budget in the months leading up to the fatal incident.

Mr Thompson was shown the details from a meeting which described the theme park’s financial situation.

“Revenue is up but profit is down, cutbacks are now being enforced,” the document said.

“Repairs and maintenance spending needs to stop.”

Mr Thompson said he did not know what the spending was related to.

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