Fun park tragedy bombshell
DREAMWORLD could be prosecuted over last year’s Thunder River Rapids ride disaster. A State Government investigation has concluded that legal action against the Gold Coast theme park is possible.
The Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigation has just been completed and the families of the four victims who died in the tragedy last October, have been advised that Dreamworld could be found to have been at fault.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace confirmed the investigation was complete and said a report had been handed to the WHSQ prosecution unit.
Government lawyers will assess the report’s findings before determining whether to lay charges against Dreamworld’s stock exchange-listed owner, Ardent Leisure.
“Given the possibility of pending legal action, the investigation cannot be released at this time,” Ms Grace said.
“I’ll be receiving a briefing on the findings of that investigation next week.”
Ms Grace said the prosecution unit’s assessment of the report was expected to take several months.
Behrooz Araghi, the father of Roozi Araghi, 38, who was killed along with his partner Luke Dorsett, 35, Luke’s sister Kate Goodchild, 32, and NSW woman Cindy Low on the ride, said he had been told by the State Government that Dreamworld could be at fault.
Mr Araghi said he had not received a copy of the investigation report but expected to receive it in due course.
“I did ask for the report but they said they are not releasing it yet,” he said.