Dreamworld to plead guilty to charges relating to 2016 ride tragedy

UPDATE @ 9.45am | DREAMWORLD bosses have indicated they will plead guilty to charges laid over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids  ride tragedy, which killed four people.

Representatives for Ardent Leisure Limited appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, after being hit with three charges by the Queensland Work Health and Safety prosecutor last week.

The company is accused of failing to comply with its health and safety duty and exposing individuals to a risk of serious injury or death.


Barrister Bruce Hodgkinson, who appeared for Ardent Leisure, said the company would plead guilty to all three charges.

Each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

The matter has been set down for a lengthy plea hearing on September 28.

EARLIER @ 7.00am | Charges laid against Dreamworld’s parent company will be heard for the first time in Southport court today.

Ardent Leisure has been hit with three charges over the 2016 tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of four people.

Roozbeh Araghi, Luke Dorsett, Kate Goodchild and Cindy Low were all tragically killed when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned on October 25 four years ago.

The parent company is now facing three charges under the Work and Safety Act, which will all be heard in court for the first time today.

The Office of Industrial Relations has confirmed the charges allege the company “failed to comply with its primary safety duty under s.19(2) of the Act.”

It is alleged Ardent Leisure failed to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable:

  1. the provision and maintenance of safe plant and structures;
  2. provision and maintenance of safe systems or work; and
  3. the provision of information, training, instruction or supervision that was necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking

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