Reports that come from current Skyrail workers express anger than the Queensland State Government has not included Skyrail in their hurried inspection and audit of amusement park rides, especially with Skyrail's checkered management history.
Skyrail has thus far refused to comment. But Skyrail has a history of accidents, some of which were considered by the public "close calls".
And Cairns Skyrail management (led by former TTNQ head Bill Calderwood) was sacked in 2008 by the Hong Kong Government after a cable car fell some 50 meters off the Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail near Lantau Island. In September 2005 it was "big news" in Cairns as Ken Chapman announced that the family-run Skyrail company would be managing the Hong Kong project based on their "experience" running the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns.
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CAN THIS HAPPEN HERE TOO?
Why is the Cairns attracting getting no attention by the Queensland State Government? Is FNQ even still considered part of Queensland by the pollies running our state?
The bigger problem for all of these attractions is the lack of unified, government-led inspections. Skyrail, like Dreamworld, claim they contract for engineering inspections on a regular basis. But how balanced and independent are inspections done by the people who then pay your inspection bill?
Radio loudmouth John MacKenzie routinely scaremongers about the crocodiles by claiming that a "tourist death by a croc will kill the Cairns tourism industry". Leaving aside the absurdity of this hyperbole, why has Cueball remained mum about potential deaths on Skyrail? A little too close to your advertiser base, eh Macca!
A majority of amusement parks in Australia belong to the Australian Amusement, Leisure, and Recreation Association which has worked to set some Standards for the operation and maintenance of these kinds of attractions. Skyrail apparently does NOT belong to the AALRA, so is missing even this level of scrutiny and guidance.
The inspection and permitting of amusement park rides in most other advanced countries is done not by private companies, but by government agencies.
California is a case in point. Like most states in America, California has a dedicated inspection team that conduct routine, random, and complaint-driven inspections into amusement park rides, tramways, and waterparks. This ON TOP OF the dozens of degreed-engineers employed by the major parks to assess their equipment on a continual basis. Americans aren't relying on complaints from a worker's union to peak their curiosity into the safety of the public. And this is ON TOP OF federal regulations and standards.
Queensland's Workplace Health and Safety has hundreds of pages of reports on Skyrail, Dreamworld, and other amusement parks. Requests for these documents already made get only heavily redacted documents that give NO ONE any confidence. (ABC has some of the documents available HERE). What is the government hiding from the public?
The Cairns tourism industry deserves the same protection and safety standards as elsewhere in Queensland. But with the Cairns (un)Regional Council unwilling to listen to the opinions of medical professionals, it's hard to see them supporting engineering professionals, either.