Ardent Leisure, the parent company of Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld, has this morning announced the park’s reopening date.
It looks like the park will open December 10th.
The park has been closed ever since the tragic incident on October 25th, in which four people were killed due to a malfunction with the Thunder River Rapids ride, which has since been closed for good.
The site where the ride was will reportedly be replaced with a memorial for the victims, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Gold Coast City Council have announced the allocation of $100,000 towards a ‘summer tourism campaign’ in order to help the company and industry recover from a significant financial loss.
The extended closure of the previously-popular theme park has cost the company approximately $10 million in revenue.
The CEO of Dreamworld, Craig Davidson, has told media that every ride has undergone thorough check and has passed an independent ‘multi-level safety review’.
“Every ride and slide open on 10th December will have passed this rigorously conducted, multi-level safety review.Additionally, Royal Lifesaving Queensland representatives will have completed an audit of the water park’s lifesaving procedures and safety signage.”
Davidson continued to explain that a charity weekend would occur on the 10th and 11th of December, called the ‘Open Hearts – Open Doors’ Charity Weekend. Partial proceeds from entry tickets will go the Red Cross:
“Both parks will open to the public on 10th and 11th December with a special “Open Hearts – Open Doors” Charity Weekend.Furthermore $25 from every guest entry fee from the Charity Weekend will be donated to the Red Cross and Dreamworld will also contribute the $25 donation on behalf of all pre-paid ticket and passholders.These funds will be distributed to those affected by the tragedy through the GIVIT Appeal Independent Distribution Committee.”
Davidson also told press that season passholders would receive a 6-month extension as a show of gratitude to the patience of their loyal customers.
The CEO reiterated that the company’s thoughts remain firmly with the families and their loved ones involved in October‘s tragic incident.
Source: The Australian / Daily Tele.
Photo: Jason O’Brien / Getty.