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Gold Coast theme parks cleared in safety audit

Movie World
Movie World: one of the parks to gain a safety tick. Photo: AAP
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Village Roadshow’s theme parks, Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild have been given a clean bill of health after a safety audit by Queensland Government inspectors.

A full audit of all theme park rides was ordered after four people were killed at Ardent Leisure’s Dreamworld park on the Gold Coast, when a ride malfunctioned on October 25.

Dreamworld has reopened following tragedy on Thunder River Rapids ride. Photo: ABC

Dreamworld reopened last Saturday as a charity weekend to raise money for the families of the ride victims, Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Ruzbeh Aragi.

Rival operator, Village Roadshow, issued a statement today that said Queensland Government inspectors had not identified any issues relating to guest safety at its three theme parks.

It said rides were inspected by engineers, along with a desktop review of compliance materials.

Village Roadshow’s chief executive Tim Fisher said the company was proud the audit outcome reflected the company’s focus on the safety.

“The safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members remains our number one priority and is deeply woven into the culture of our company,” he said in the statement.

“All of our rides undergo rigorous daily, weekly, monthly and annual inspections.

“In addition, we have third-party safety auditing on our rides on an annual basis.

“Village Roadshow Theme Parks welcomed the Government’s initiative to further enhance safety within the industry, and we will continue to work with all regulatory bodies to support such initiatives.”

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