Australia's largest theme park – Dreamworld – is set to reopen after the Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy. According to reports, the Gold Coast park will reopen on 10 December with a charity weekend, "Open Hearts – Open Door."
The weekend on 10 and 11 December is meant to help raise funds for those affected by the tragedy that happened on 25 October, which claimed the lives of four people. The park authorities said that they will donate A$25 (£15; $19) for every ticket sold through the door, during the weekend, to the Australian Red Cross.
Later, these funds will be given to the families of those affected by the tragedy through the GIVIT Appeal Independent Distribution Committee – a national not-for-profit organisation.
The Dreamworld theme park was shut down in October after two victims were thrown from the Thunder River Rapids ride and two were trapped inside. Cindy Low (42), Kate Goodchild (32), her brother Luke Dorsett (35) and his partner Roozbeh Araghi (38) lost their lives in the incident while two children escaped when the ride suddenly flipped.
It was believed that the families of the victims have been informed about the reopening. Ardent Leisure, owner of Dreamworld, said that they are reopening the attraction after thorough safety checks. He also mentioned that tragic river ride was demolished out of respect for the victims and their families.
"Dreamworld's other rides will progressively open as they are signed off as part of the safety review process," the company said in a statement.
The theme park was first opened in 1981 and has hosted at least 30 million people. The tragedy on 25 October was its first fatal accident.