UPDATE 1:45PM: Dreamworld CEO, Craig Davidson today welcomed back guests to Dreamworld and WhiteWater World on behalf of the Park’s 1000 employees.
Mr Davidson said while the reopening of Dreamworld was a positive step forward for staff, members and guests, it was also a somber occasion for the park.
“Today the smiles of Dreamworld staff sit atop heavy hearts. Our hearts and thoughts remain firmly with the families who lost loved ones.
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“Reopening our doors today is an important milestone for our park, our staff and the broader Gold Coast community.
“Our park employs more than 1000 people and we are 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,” Mr Davidson said.
Mr 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,” Mr Davison said.
Mr Davidson said the funds raised through the “Open Hearts – Open Doors” Charity Weekend” will 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 pass holders,” he said.
Ardent Leisure will announce the amount of funds raised on Monday 12 December.
UPDATE | Dreamworld is open for business, welcoming guests back after the tragedy in October.
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EARLIER: Dreamworld will reopen at 10:00AM on Saturday, six weeks after four people tragically lost their lives.
The all-clear has been given to wildlife areas, entertainment and family attractions for the first day of summer school holidays.
Some key attractions will remain closed as they are yet to complete a four-tier safety review, while the Thunder River Rapids ride has been decommissioned, after the loss of four lives in October.
$25 from every ticket sale this weekend will help raise funds for the victims families.
CEO Craig Davidson told Channel Seven “we’ve gone through a very extensive process so on all levels of safety whether it be through the State Government process with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland or our own process which is still ongoing everything that operates over the weekend and this point forward will have gone through that process, I’m supremely confident in that”.
He added “we had a get together yesterday [Friday] afternoon in the park of staff and friends and family and gave them a first glimpse and first opportunity to come into the park and settle in and we ran everything and it all went to plan”.