Dreamworld to learn punishment for 2016 ride tragedy

Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure will learn its punishment today, over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids Ride tragedy.

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

The parent company is facing three charges under the Work and Safety Act, with each charge carrying a maximum fine of just $1.5 million.


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

The company indicated back in July that they will plead guilty to the charges.

The formal arraignment takes place today.

It’s understood family members of the victims will be present in the courtroom.

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