The fatal Thunder River Rapids ride will be permanently decommissioned, while Dreamworld’s re-opening is yet to be confirmed.
Ardent Leisure Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Deborah Thomas announced the permanent closure of the ride this morning.
“Out of respect for the memories of Cindy Low, Roozbeh Araghi, Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, and their deeply affected families, the ride will be permanently decommissioned. The closure of the ride is the only respectful and appropriate course of action,” Ms Thomas said.
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Ms Thomas also said that Pitt & Sherry, an independent expert engineering firm, will lead an external review of all rides and operating systems at Dreamworld and Whitewater World.
“Pitt & Sherry are one of Australia’s leading experts in mechanical engineering with extensive experience in providing engineering and technical services for amusement rides and devices.
“Pitt & Sherry’s review will be further peer reviewed by an industry leading global theme park safety specialist.
“Dreamworld is also well progressed on an internal review of every ride in the Park, which includes reviewing all operating policies and procedures.
“In addition to these reviews, Dreamworld remains committed to working closely with the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland team.
“No ride at Dreamworld will operate until the Workplace Health and Safety Audit has been completed and unless it passes the multi-level internal and external review process,” Ms Thomas said.
Ms Thomas said as soon as it is appropriate, the families affected by the tragedy would be invited to help create a fitting and permanent memorial to their loved ones.