Australia biggest theme park re-opens without killer ride
Australia’s biggest theme park reopened quietly yesterday without the water ride that killed four people and faces demolition. Two women and two men died on the Thunder River Rapids attraction at the once hugely popular Dreamworld tourist resort on the Gold Coast on October 25. Owner Ardent Leisure, which came in for heavy criticism for the way it handled the tragedy after trying to reopen before the funerals, has decommissioned Thunder River.
But the park’s nine big thrill spills remained closed Saturday as safety inspections continue, leaving only family rides operating. “Our hearts and thoughts remain firmly with the families who lost loved ones in the tragic accident,” said chief executive Craig Davidson. “Every single attraction open today has been passed by an unprecedented multi-level safety review,” he told reporters. “We would like to invite the community back through our doors,” @Dreamworld_AU tweeted. —AFP
GOLD COAST: This file photo taken on October 26, 2016 shows Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson laying flowers at a makeshift floral tribute at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast, a day after four people were killed on a malfunctioning park ride. — AFP