Australia’s Dreamworld theme park is to demolish a water ride where four people were killed last month.

Two of the victims were thrown from a raft at the Thunder River Rapids ride and two others were trapped inside.

Theme park owner Ardent Leisure said decommissioning the ride was “the only respectful and appropriate course of action”.

Dreamworld, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, has been closed since the accident on October 25.

It will not re-open until an independent safety review has been completed.

Dreamworld chief executive Craig Davidson said every ride was undergoing a thorough safety check, the BBC reported.

“From today, we will begin to move towards the re-opening of Dreamworld,” he said.

“Please be assured that as we begin this process, families who lost their loved ones will remain our first and foremost focus.”

Kate Goodchild, 32, died alongside brother Luke Dorsett, 35, his partner, Roozbeh Araghi, 38, and Cindy Low, 42.