Lawyers sift park pa­pers

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

DREAM­WORLD’S lawyers have filed about 500 more doc­u­ments just days be­fore the re­sump­tion of an in­quest into the Thun­der River Rapids tragedy in which four peo­ple died.

The Bul­letin was yes­ter­day told that le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­ceived a drop of doc­u­ments this week ahead of more se­nior man­agers tak­ing the stand at the in­quest when it re­turns on Mon­day.

The in­quest into the Oc­to­ber 2016 tragedy re­turns for its third block of two weeks and will fo­cus on the theme park’s se­nior man­agers and reg­u­la­tors.

The doc­u­ment dump comes af­ter Dream­world pre­sented the in­quest with more than 1000 ad­di­tional doc­u­ments dur­ing the first week of the sec­ond block last month.

It is un­der­stood the lat­est doc­u­ments are the re­sult of a late re­quest of Dream­world to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion.

The in­quest is ex­am­in­ing what hap­pened af­ter a pump stopped work­ing on the ride, caus­ing wa­ter lev­els to drop and a raft to be­come stuck on the con­veyor belt on Oc­to­ber 25, 2016.

That raft was hit by an­other car­ry­ing Luke Dorsett, his sis­ter Kate Good­child, her daugh­ter Ebony, 12, Roozbeh Araghi, Cindy Low and her son, Kieran, 10.

The four adults were killed. The chil­dren were un­in­jured.

For­mer Dream­world and par­ent com­pany Ar­dent Leisure safety man­ager An­gus Hutch­ings is ex­pected to take the stand on Mon­day morn­ing.

Mr Hutch­ings’ ev­i­dence has been greatly an­tic­i­pated as he was re­spon­si­ble for all safety poli­cies and pro­ce­dures at the theme park.

He is ex­pected to stay on the stand for two days.

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