The NSW Government has announced a $1 million reward for information regarding the 1979 Luna Park fire, which claimed the lives of seven people, including six children.
This is the first time a $1 million reward has been offered in relation to the tragedy that occurred 42 years ago.
In April this year, following a formal request by the NSW Coroner, the NSW Police State Crime Command established Strike Force Sedgeman to review all evidence concerning the cause and origin of the fire, including the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said he is confident any fresh and material information will assist detectives with their review of the case.
“Despite the passage of time, this horrific incident remains embedded in the psyche of Sydneysiders. I am appealing to those who may know something but have not previously been inclined to assist – you now have a million reasons to come forward,” Mr Elliott said.
“This is a very unique reward, it does not require a charge or conviction of any person, it relates to information about the Ghost Train fire.
“As soon as I heard from some of the survivors earlier this year, and heard their devastating stories, I knew there was more that could be done.
I stand with the family, friends, survivors and the broader community in searching for answers, and this reward should encourage anyone with fresh information to speak up.”
NSW Police Force Commissioner, Michael Fuller APM, welcomed the reward and support from the Government, and noted that the State’s Police Force have recently demonstrated a strong record of criminal investigations and arrests for longstanding unsolved offences.
“I want to assure the family and friends of those who lost their lives in this tragic event, as well as the broader community, that if our detectives can identify a way to pursue a criminal investigation then it will happen,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“Our Homicide Squad investigators are exceptionally diligent and are reviewing all aspects of the case including allegations of corruption or malpractice.”
“Strike Force Sedgeman detectives will also consider any new and compelling evidence which will allow them to progress inquiries with the State Coroner and Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.”
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Sedgeman detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. All information is treated in the strictest of confidence.