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  • Dreamworld’s parent company, Ardent Leisure Group (ALG), has been charged over the deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids ride in 2016
  • The three charges were filed in Brisbane Magistrates Court, and are category two offences, relating to Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Act
  • Each charge faces a maximum $1.5 million fine
  • In a statement released today, Ardent Leisure again apologised to the families of the deceased
  • Following the news, the company’s share price is trading down 2.99 per cent at 32.5 cents each

Dreamworld’s parent company, Ardent Leisure Group (ALG), has been charged over the deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids ride in 2016.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi all died from catastrophic injuries, after the ride malfunctioned, causing two rafts to collide.

In a statement to shareholders today, Ardent Leisure Group confirmed it’s subsidiary, Ardent Leisure, the owner of Dreamworld, had been hit with three charges over the incident.

It said the category two charges are pursuant to section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (QLD) and were filed in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

Each charge carries a maximum $1.5 million fine.

A coronial inquest into the four deaths at the Gold Coast theme park found Dreamworld’s safety and maintenance systems were “frighteningly unsophisticated.”

The coroner also recommended that Ardent Leisure be considered for charges under the Workplace Safety Act.

Following the charges being filed today, Ardent Leisure again issued an apology to the families of those killed aboard the Thunder River Rapids ride.

“First and foremost, we again express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Roozbeh Araghi, Luke Dorsett, Kate Goodchild and Cindy Low for their loss and ongoing suffering and say sorry to all of the people impacted by this tragedy,” the company said in a statement.

Ardent also said it had made considerable changes at the park since the deaths, and now aimed to be a “global industry leader in theme park safety and operations.”

Shares in the company are trading down 2.99 per cent, for 32.5 cents per share, at 10.52 am AEST.

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