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Gold Coast theme parks hit by safety fears

Gold Coast theme parks hit by safety fears
November 20, 2016

The tragic deaths of four people at Dreamworld last month has led to a drop in visitor numbers at attractions across the Gold Coast.

With Dreamworld still closed, Village Roadshow - the owner of Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ’n’ Wild Gold Coast and Sea World – has said it would take some time for operators community to fully recover from the tragedy.

Speaking at Village Roadshow’s Annual General Meeting last week, Chairman Robert Kirby revealed that business had been “inconsistent” since the fatalities at Dreamworld.

Kirby stated “we do believe it will take time for the community and the marketplace to fully ­recover from the tragedy.”

With shares in Dreamworld operator Ardent Leisure trading at 25% less than prior to the deaths, Village Roadshow shares have also been impacted.

Kirby said the company was “hesitant to extrapolate any trends” from the lower ­attendance numbers and said they would have a clearer understanding of the accident’s impact by its half-year results, expected in February.

Meanwhile the Queensland Government, which is currently conducting safety audits at all Queensland theme parks, announced that workplace safety investigators had completed a full audit of amusement rides at Movie World.

Advising that, as of the morning of Friday 18th November, safety audits of Queensland theme parks are on track to be completed by the end of this month, Queensland Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Grace Grace stated “the amusement ride audits at Movie World have been completed, with all 16 rides cleared.

“Our inspectors found Movie World has robust systems in place with regards to the training of operators, the maintenance of plant and all areas that formed part of the audit process.

“I want to thank Movie World management for their cooperating fully with our auditors as they carried out this important work.

“The safety audits are ongoing at Dreamworld and White Water World, and inspectors have now commenced audits at Wet’n’Wild.

“From next week, safety inspectors will move on to Sea World, Aussie World and Australia Zoo for the next phase of the audits.”

Audits are being conducted while the attractions remain open and operational.

However, at Dreamworld safety inspectors are continuing to run tests on every ride in the theme park, with no date yet set for a reopening.

Image: Queensland Government safety inspectors find Warner Bros. Movie World "has robust systems in place with regards to the training of operators, the maintenance of plant and all areas that formed part of the audit process."

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