Published: Thu, December 01, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Australia's Dreamworld theme park to reopen after ride deaths

Australia's largest theme park - Dreamworld - is set to reopen after the Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy.

WhiteWater World will be fully operational but only parts of Dreamworld will, after undergoing multiple safety checks since Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low died when the Thunder River Rapids malfunctioned.

The park has hosted 30 million people since opening in 1981 and October's disaster was its first fatal accident, with Ardent admitting the closure had cost it millions of dollars.

The families of the casualties - Cindy Low, 42, 32, Luke Dorsett, 35, Roozbeh Araghi, 38, and Kate Goodchild - have been repoted about the security developments.

Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said in a statement on Wednesday that Dreamworld and WhiteWater World would reopen following an "unprecedented multi-level safety review", Xinhua news reported.

It noted that the parks earned A$7.6 million ($5.7 million) in the corresponding period a year ago.

Mr Davidson said Dreamworld would donate A$25 (£15; $19) to the Red Cross for every ticket sold at the "Open Hearts - Open Doors" charity weekend.

The news comes as the Gold Coast City Council voted to spend $200,000 on a charm offensive to attract visitors back to the tourism hotspot.

As well as that lost revenue, the park has incurred operating costs of up to $4.2 million for the month while one-off costs associated with the tragedy are expected to tally about $1.6 million.

Dreamworld also announced plans to extend all season passes by six months.

He also mentioned that tragic river ride was demolished out of respect for the victims and their families.

It follows the state government's safety audits of Queensland theme parks, with Dreamworld and White Water World issued a number of notices for required improvements after it was inspected.

Attractions so far approved to open are Tiger Island, the Corroboree indigenous precinct, wildlife areas and entertainment and family attractions in the DreamWorks Experience, Wiggles World, ABCKids World and select Motorsports precinct attractions.

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