Park victim’s husband hits out
The husband of one of the tourists killed in the Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids tragedy has criticised the theme park’s management, as the harrowing inquest finally draws to a close.
After more than six weeks of hearings spread over nearly six months, the inquest into the 2016 tragedy that claimed the lives of Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low finished abruptly yesterday.
Afterwards, Mathew Low issued a statement criticising Dreamworld over the “senseless” death of his wife, Cindy.
“It is still unfathomable as to why Dreamworld hasn’t moved to overhaul their safety practices, policies and standards to date,” he said.
“Nothing significant has changed since the immediate wake of the tragedy.”
Earlier, Coroner James McDougall said he appreciated the families had to sit through harrowing testimony, in which a catalogue of shortfalls and failures by the theme park was laid bare.
It is believed families could receive multimillion-dollar compensation payouts from Dreamworld and parent company Ardent Leisure.
Ardent chairman Gary Weiss said it was committed to doing whatever it took to ensure a tragedy like the Thunder River Rapids disaster never happened again.
Mr McDougall does not have the power to lay criminal charges but could recommend the case be referred back to the Department of Public Prosecutions. Jeremy Pierce