Safety Issue Discovered In Blitz On Gold Coast Theme Parks
A month-long safety blitz on Queensland theme parks after the Dreamworld tragedy has uncovered a "minor" safety matter at Movie World, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says.
Workplace Health and Safety inspectors, electrical safety officers and engineers began the blitz last week after four people were killed on Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride last month.
Photo: The Thunder River Rapids Ride
Ms Grace on Wednesday told state parliament more than 90 audits will take place and the operation is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Rides at the state's six major parks - Dreamworld, Wet'n'Wild, Seaworld, Aussie World, White Water World and Movie World - will come under the microscope.
"Since the safety blitz started last week the audits of amusement rides at Movie World are well-advanced," Ms Grace said.
"I am advised by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland that only one minor, non-consumer safety matter has been identified to date and this was immediately rectified."
Photo: Emergency services respond to the Dreamworld tragedy
Ms Grace did not provide any further detail about the issue.
The attractions will be inspected and their maintenance records checked.
Ms Grace praised Movie World management for being "proactive" about the blitz.
She also supported Dreamworld's decision to permanently shut down the Thunder River Rapids ride.
"I believe that the decommissioning of the ride by Dreamworld is a sensible approach," she said.
Photo: Locals pay their respects to those lives lost
Movie World said there were no issues identified in relation to guest safety.
"In a matter that was non-consumer safety related, the government requested the addition of a guard rail to a maintenance platform located behind a small children's attraction," it said in a statement.
"The platform is located in a non-guest access area."
The safety and wellbeing of guests remained the park's priority, it said.
AAP; Photos: AAP