Kim Dorsett, mother of Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, at Dreamworld. Picture: 7 News Queensland
Kim Dorsett, mother of Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, at Dreamworld. Picture: 7 News Queensland

Mum’s secret visit to Dreamworld after inquest

A DAY after a Coroner handed down his findings into the Dreamworld disaster, the mother of two of the victims has made a secret visit to the Gold Coast theme park to "say my goodbyes to the kids".

Kim Dorsett, mother of Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett who died along with Luke's partner Roozi Araghi and NSW mum Cindy Low in the 2016 Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy, made an emotional pilgrimage to Dreamworld on Tuesday morning.

Her visit came a day after Coroner James McDougall handed down his scathing report into Australia's worst theme park tragedy in 40 years.

"Just said my goodbyes to the kids," she told Seven News.

"I didn't need to go into the park - I just needed to be there."

Kate Goodchild.
Kate Goodchild.

 

 

Luke Dorsett.
Luke Dorsett.

Ms Dorsett, one of several relatives of the Dreamworld victims to give heartfelt tributes to their loved ones on Monday before Mr McDougall delivered his damning findings, said the inquest had exposed "failure on failure on failure".

"The policy and procedures failed because nobody knew what they were," she said.

"If someone would have pushed that emergency stop button then Luke (at least) would have lived," she said.

"As a mother that's quite distressing."

Mr McDougall blamed the Dreamworld tragedy on a "systemic failure in relation to all aspects of safety".

He said he suspected Dreamworld's parent company, Ardent Leisure, may have breached workplace safety laws and referred the firm to the Office of Industrial Relations for possible prosecution.

Ardent faces could face fines of up to $3 million, while the Workplace Health and Safety Act also carries 5-year jail terms for executives found guilty of endangering safety.



Livingstone set to unveil bushfire management plan

premium_icon Livingstone set to unveil bushfire management plan

This has been eagerly awaited since residents raised concerns that authorities had...

Smokey surprise for police attending disturbance

premium_icon Smokey surprise for police attending disturbance

Police walked past a unit and watched its occupant sitting at a table with a...

UPDATE: Minor injuries after car slams into doctor’s surgery

premium_icon UPDATE: Minor injuries after car slams into doctor’s surgery

An elderly driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle outside the medical...