Dreamworld to reopen on December 10 video

Cindy Low, a mother-of-two who lived in Sydney and was born in New Zealand, was one of four people killed in a tragic ...
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Cindy Low, a mother-of-two who lived in Sydney and was born in New Zealand, was one of four people killed in a tragic accident at Dreamworld. Photo: FACEBOOK

Dreamworld will reopen on Saturday December 10, six weeks after the deaths of four people on a ride.

The Gold Coast theme park's operator, Ardent Leisure, made the announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning.

Ardent says Dreamworld, and neighbouring theme park Whitewater World, will reopen to guests following the "successful completion of the mechanical and operational safety review."

Luke Dorset, his partner Roozi Araghi, and Kate Goodchild, who were killed in an accident at Australia's Dreamworld.
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Luke Dorset, his partner Roozi Araghi, and Kate Goodchild, who were killed in an accident at Australia's Dreamworld.

"All of Whitewater World's slides, pools and cabanas will be open as will several of Dreamworld's rides and attractions," the statement said. 

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Dreamworld will reopen by Christmas.

Dreamworld will reopen by Christmas.

"Dreamworld's other rides will progressively open as they are signed off as part of the safety review process."

The park has undergone an exhaustive series of safety checks since Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Kiwi Cindy Low died when the Thunder River Rapids malfunctioned on October 25.

The families have reportedly been kept informed of the reopening.

Deborah Thomas, Dreamworld boss, has faced tough questions over the park's handling of the tragedy.
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Deborah Thomas, Dreamworld boss, has faced tough questions over the park's handling of the tragedy.

"It is still quite raw for her but she said she understands," Sandra Brookfield, a friend of Kim Dorsett, the mother of Goodchild and Dorsett, told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

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Ardent has already announced that the Thunder River Rapids ride will be demolished.

Ardent Leisure had originally wanted to reopen the theme park just days after the tragedy, but were forced by Queensland police to call it off due to their ongoing investigations.

Ardent Leisure chairman Neil Balnaves told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting on October 27 that the company wanted to reopen quickly to help staff.

"It is better that people get back to work and basically get together with their comrades and talk and deal with this issue rather than ... sitting at home in isolation," Balnaves said at the time.

"It's driven by the utmost respect for the families and the deaths."

An audit carried out since the accident found no guest safety issues with any of the theme park's 34 rides, but the Thunder River Rapids ride will be permanently dismantled.

The Gold Coast City Council will spend AU$200,000 on a public campaign to attract visitors back to the tourism hotspot.

 - AAP

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