Dreamworld passes safety audit, month after deaths

A boy attends a candlelight vigil outside Dreamworld on Friday, October 28, 2016 (AAP)
A boy attends a candlelight vigil outside Dreamworld on Friday, October 28, 2016 (AAP)

Dreamworld has passed a safety audit carried out following the deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids Ride a month ago.

Two men and two women were killed when the ride malfunctioned on October 25. One New Zealander, Cindy Low, was among the dead.

The ride has since been decommissioned, and now the park's other 34 rides have largely been given the thumbs-up following a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) inspection.

"We are unswervingly committed to go well beyond legislative requirements to ensure every one of our 24 rides and 10 water slides at Dreamworld and WhiteWater World exceed even the most stringent of safety measures," says chief executive Craig Davidson.

The safety regulator issued 10 notices to the company, but in a statement Dreamworld said they were all for "procedural matters, paperwork improvements and the safety of staff and maintenance workers. No notices related to guest safety".

Seven of the notices regarded improvements, such as:

The other three notices related to the park's BuzzSaw ride. Dreamworld has to check its safety harnesses meet Australian standards, retrain staff on maintenance procedures and add another gate between the operator's control booth and the ride platform.

The park is yet to reopen, a month after the tragedy.

"Safety is our paramount concern," says Mr Davidson. "This additional review is a methodical process which we have repeatedly advised will not be rushed."

He says the park will reopen "very soon", but not until further engineering checks, on top of the WHSQ, have been done.

"Our hearts and thoughts remain firmly with the families and their loved ones involved in the tragic incident and we will continue to keep their representatives informed of our plans."