How did Dreamworld turn into a nightmare?

After the tragic events of yesterday’s fatal accident at the Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld; many are left wondering how

After the tragic events of yesterday’s fatal accident at the Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld; many are left wondering how this could happen.

The popular park will remain closed for today as authorities are continuing to investigate what happened on the 30-year-old Thunder River Rapids ride that caused four people to lose their lives.

Reports are coming to light about the parks safety concerns as Australian Workers Union (AWU) Queensland has told of their security warnings from months ago.  AWU Queensland Secretary Ben Swan told ABC “I think people’s priorities should rightly be on taking care of the situation that immediately exists and looking after the people that have been involved in that, but we did hold some very grave concerns about the safety of equipment and the operation of equipment at that site”.

The AWU lodged a complaint with the parks owners 18 months ago.  “We made an application under right to information laws seeking the release of particular information from the Division of Workplace Health and Safety, but that was opposed by the company.” Mr Swan said.

“It’s not our intention to make any sort of comment that could be construed in a way that is insensitive to what has just happened, which is a very tragic event,” Mr Swan continued before adding “However we do think that in the interests of workers at that facility, but also to the patrons of that facility, people who visit it for an enjoyable experience, that it is important there is a full inquiry.”

The AWU’s report is a troubling one showing that there were industry concerns long before the incident.  There were reports from customers as well that eerily predicted something was going to go wrong.  As many reports are coming out on social media about relaxed safety measures, out of date repair techniques, and a low level of concern of complaints.

  1. David George  

    Just makes you wonder how many other entertainment Parks lack regular inspections.
    Sadly it usually takes a tragedy such as this to make all entertainment venues to bring their operations up to the required OH&S standards.

  2. Kay West  

    Hopefully this is a wake up call for dreamworlds rides and the proper maintenance checks are done annually. Disneyland shuts down their rides when maintenance is due for quiet a few months. Public comes first not profits.

  3. Lauren  

    We went to ‘Dreamworld’ ONCE!
    Never again!

    We were in a long queue for the ‘Vintage Cars’ ride. My son wanted a drink, so I left to buy it.
    When I returned, my husband, & son had advanced considerably forward.
    I walked along next to the ‘rope’, & ducked under it, rejoining my family.

    There was a ‘clown’ there, who started shouting, & screaming abuse at me, for ‘jumping the queue’.
    I told him I was just getting back to my family. He didn’t stop his tirade at me.
    It was upsetting, but I didn’t want to be anymore embarrassed than he was making me, for the sake of my 14yo son.

    We cut short our visit, & I lodged a Complaint about the incident, at the front desk, upon leaving.
    I followed that up with a Complaint letter, to Management.

    At the time, I was in a job in which I could ‘promote’ the theme park. Because of this incident, I didn’t. So they lost out big time because of that ignorant, rude, smart-a@&$ employee.

    About six months’ later, I was talking to another employee from there. I told him what I’d experienced.
    He told me that ‘clown’ had been sacked, a few months’ previous, as they’d received other complaints about him.

    Good, he deserved it by his actions’.

  4. Truth 13  

    The simple economics theory is, when the times are hard on average people, they have to look at every dollar they have. One result of that is, spending on entertainment drops. When it drops, the places of entertainment loose customers.So, those places too, have to cut down the costs. This mishap, may be partly to be blamed on cost cutting. The regular inspections would have been neglected. That is “Cost Cutting”. Hope this will give a lesson to the operators as well as the governments in all states to have random checks on the maintenance of what is offered to the public, without taking, only the word of the owners. Hope this will never happen again.

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