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Dreamworld reopens in time for Christmas holidays

December 13, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World on the Gold Coast have reopened for business following the tragedy about six weeks ago in which four people were killed on the park’s popular Thunder River Rapids ride.

The Thunder River Rapids ride has since been decommissioned and dismantled.

Dreamworld chief executive, Craig Davidson welcomed back guests to Dreamworld and WhiteWater World at the weekend, on behalf of the Park’s 1000 employees.

Davidson said while the reopening of Dreamworld was a positive step forward for staff, members and guests, it was also a sombre occasion for the park.

“Today the smiles of Dreamworld staff sit atop heavy hearts,” Davidson said.

“Our hearts and thoughts remain firmly with the families who lost loved ones.

Dreamworld entrance

“Reopening our doors today is an important milestone for our park, our staff and the broader Gold Coast community.”

In an issued statement, Davidson said the park employed more than 1000 people and was integral part of the Gold Coast tourism economy.

“We thank all guests who have joined us at the park today for their support.

“The Dreamworld team is delighted to be getting back to work and welcoming our guests back to the park,” he said.

Davidson said guest safety had always been Dreamworld’s number one priority and the rigorously conducted, multi-level safety review of all park attractions was ongoing.

“Every single attraction open today has passed an unprecedented multi-level safety review, encompassing Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s audit, Dreamworld’s internal engineering review, Pitt & Sherry’s independent review and the external peer-review by UK based theme park safety specialists, LTC.

“This process is methodical and takes longer for larger, more complex rides. It will not be rushed.

“As each ride is cleared through all safety review levels it will reopen.

“We will continue to update our members and guests on the status of rides via email and our website,” Davison said.

Mr Davidson said the funds raised through the “Open Hearts – Open Doors” Charity Weekend” would be distributed to those affected by the tragedy through the GIVIT Appeal Independent Distribution Committee.”

“$25 from every guest entry fee from the Charity Weekend will be donated to the Red Cross and Dreamworld will also contribute the $25 donation on behalf of all pre-paid ticket and passholders,” he said.

Ardent Leisure will announce the amount of funds raised on Monday 12 December 2016.

Edited by Peter Needham

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