A coroner has enlisted the help of a weather expert and key witnesses as part of an ongoing investigation into the bouncy castle tragedy that killed six children in Tasmania.
Tasmania Police have presented Coroner Olivia McTaggart with a “huge amount” of evidence in a bid to find out what went wrong in the fatal accident at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport last year.
The coroner has hired a weather expert to provide an opinion on the day’s weather conditions and a final report is expected shortly.
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Other evidence presented to the coronal examination includes forensic reports and video and photo material.
A case management conference will be held at Devonport Magistrates Court on October 18 and the inquiry may take up to 12 months to complete.
McTaggart has had regular meetings with WorkSafe Tasmania, which is also investigating the incident.
“We want to reassure families and the community that WorkSafe Tasmania is doing everything we can to expedite the processes while ensuring we maintain the integrity of this complex and wide-ranging investigation,” said Robyn Pearce, Executive Director of WorkSafe.
The elementary school students were celebrating the end of the year in December when a gust of wind blew the castle and several inflatable zorb balls about 10 meters into the air.
Jalaillah Jayne-Marie Jones, Addison Stewart, Jye Sheehan, Zane Mellor, Peter Dodt and Chace Harrison died in the accident.
Three other students suffered serious injuries and spent some time in hospital.
Tributes left outside the school have been collected by Devonport City Council for the creation of a permanent memorial.
More than $1.4 million was raised for the families through a crowdfunding website.
The federal government pledged $800,000 for advice and assistance to the region.
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