Mother of two killed in Dreamworld tragedy says “Grief and heartbreak just won’t ever mend”

The mother of two people who were killed when Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned back in 2016, says her grief and heartbreak will never mend.

The legal proceedings against Ardent Leisure finally came to an end yesterday, with the theme park’s parent company fined $3.6 million over three health and safety charges.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi were killed when a water pump on the ride malfunctioned, causing water levels to fall dangerously low.


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Kim Dorsett, the mother of Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, has spoken to The Today Show this morning, saying their lives will never be the same.

She says there’s no punishment that could end their grief.

“Four people are still dead, there are still four children without mothers and mothers without children, that will never come to an end.

“And grief and heartbreak just wont ever mend,” she said.

Despite there being no punishment that could make it all go away for the families of the victims, Ms Dorsett says it wasn’t ok that the theme park was ‘given a discount’ on the maximum fine.

“I just think that there were rules and regulations governing the theme parks an what they should do.

“And Dreamworld were really – according to the coroner – very lax in policies, procedures, following rules and regulations.

“And I think if Covid’s taught us one thing, if you don’t follow those people die.

“And then yesterday, we had the magistrate then say that because you fess up and say we’re guilty, and four people are dead, we’ll give you a discount in the fine.

“It’s a bit heart breaking actually, thinking that that’s what four lives are worth,” Ms Dorsett said.

“My life is never going to be the same, and my granddaughters’ lives will never be the same.”

“So do we then point the finger at someone and wreck their life as well?

“It would be comforting in a way to have someone to blame, but that isn’t the case, that isn’t the way this has gone down,” Ms Dorsett said.

Ebony Turner, then 12 years old, was one of two children who were on the ride and luckily escaped without injury.

She was in court yesterday to hear the sentencing.

“This is her first ever involvement in any of this. So her father has kept her very protected from all these court cases, all the legal things that are happening around her,” Ms Dorsett told Today.

“But then when the borders opened to Canberra last Friday, she asked if she could come and could she come to court.

“I feel this is important for her, because she probably heard things yesterday that she was totally unaware of because people just didn’t speak about what happened in front of her.

“So this is an important part of her journey, I guess, that, you know, she must be in terrible pain every day, every day,” she said.

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