Fun park tragedy bomb­shell

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - GREG STOLZ

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.

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