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DREAMWORLD REOPENING AFTER TRAGEDY STRIKES, LEGAL BATTLES AND CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES

Dreamworld has reopened their doors from 16 September 2020 after a rollercoaster of events and closure for 177 days.

Dreamworld and Whitewater World have implemented coronavirus safe plans to ensure the park can reopen and get back to business.

The theme park has gone through a world of issues with Ardent Leisure pleading guilty to three charges relating to the deaths of four people in the Thunder River Rapids Ride in 2016 following a coronial inquest into the park.  Further, in approximately two weeks’ time Ardent Leisure is due for the recommencement of Work Health and Safety court proceedings.

Coronavirus pandemic has led to the implementation of procedures in all major entertainment industries to allow their reopening during the worldwide pandemic. The park has therefore reduced capacity and implemented a safe plan to ensure they are complaint with all coronavirus safe procedures and policies.

Chief Operating Officer Greg Yong has indicated there is minimal staff currently however they will be ramping up stuff numbers and procedures leading into the Christmas holiday periods.

Furthermore, the park is beginning work on a new $30-million rollercoaster in attempt to draw in crowds.

In August of this year it was announced that the Queensland Government were to loan Dreamworld’s parent company, Ardent Leisure almost $70 million to keep the theme parks operating throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Ardent Leisure announced they are in receipt of a three-year financial assistance package from the Government.

Dreamworld and Whitewater Worlds rival Village Roadshow reopened their trifecta of parks in July 2020 after implementing COVID safe plans.

Many locals are either team Dreamworld or team Village Roadshow, what are you?

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