Tough new theme park rules in wake of Dreamworld tragedy

The State Government has announced tough new regulations for theme park and amusement rides even before the Coroner hands down his findings into the Dreamworld tragedy.

No date has been set for Coroner James McDougall to release any recommendations, but the Government has pre-empted his findings anyway.

The inquest into the deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother, Luke Dorsett, and his partner, Roozi Araghi, on the Thunder River Rapids ride in October 2016 wrapped up in December.


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The inquest heard confronting evidence of a litany of problems at the theme park covering maintenance, operator training and emergency procedures.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says they are acting now to ensure rides right across Queensland are as safe as possible.

“The tragedy at Dreamworld shocked and saddened us all,” Ms Grace said.

“We are taking action to ensure tourists and the wider community have faith in the safety measures that are in place.

“We are making these changes before the current coronial process is finalised because we are prioritising safety.”

Current work health and safety laws will be amended to make major inspections of rides by qualified engineers compulsory every ten years.

Training of ride operators will also be improved and theme park owners will be forced to properly record inspections, maintenance and operator competency.

A new Safety Case and Licensing system will also be introduced for all major amusement parks.

Ms Grace concedes the new inspection requirements will see rides taken offline for several weeks while they are examined.

Three extra engineers have also been employed by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to oversee the new rules.

Ms Grace says they have informed the Coroner of the changes and will examine his findings when they are handed down to see if any further changes need to be made.

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