The Dreamworld ride which claimed the lives of four people last month is to be demolished.
Ardent Leisure chief Deborah Thomas announced the permanent closure of the Thunder River Rapids ride this morning.
“The closure of the ride is the only respectful and appropriate course of action,” said Thomas.
Siblings Kate Goodchild, 32, and Luke Dorsett, 35, Luke’s partner Roozbeh Araghi, 38, and Cindy Low, 42, died when the ride malfunctioned on Oct. 25. Low’s son Kieran, 10, and Goodchild’s daughter Ebony, 12, survived.
Ardent Leisure also announced that an independent “expert engineering” firm will undertake an external review of all rides at their Gold Coast parks, Dreamworld and Whitewater World.
The review “will be further peer reviewed by an industry leading global theme park safety specialist,” said Thomas. “In addition to these reviews, Dreamworld remains committed to working closely with the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland team.
“No ride at Dreamworld will operate until the Workplace Health and Safety Audit has been completed and unless it passes the multi-level internal and external review process.”
Thomas added that in the future the affected families “would be invited to help create a fitting and permanent memorial to their loved ones.”