Dreamworld cancels 'memorial day' opening

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd pay their respects at Dreamworld.
GLENN HUNT

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd pay their respects at Dreamworld.

 

Dreamworld's claim that police gave the theme park advice not to reopen on Friday was an inaccurate description, Queensland police say.

A statement released by Dreamworld on Thursday afternoon outlined that the cancellation of Friday's reopening was to give the police service the time it needed for its investigation.

Bouquets are now being left at Dreamworld in memory of the four victims.
GLENN HUNT

Bouquets are now being left at Dreamworld in memory of the four victims.

"Dreamworld has been advised by Queensland Police Services that we are unable to proceed with tomorrow's memorial service as planned," the statement read.

"Obviously the integrity of the Coronial Investigation is of paramount importance and postponing the service will give QPS the time it needs to conduct this investigation."

The theme park will not reopen until at least next week, with an update expected on Monday.

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"We will provide an update to the media on Monday with regard to the memorial service and re-opening of the Park," the Dreamworld statement outlined.

However, a Queensland police spokesperson provided a statement on Thursday evening that outlined the Dreamworld's statement was not accurate.

"Unfortunately the statement was not an accurate description of how the decision was made to not reopen the park," the spokesperson said.

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The theme park will not reopen until at least next week, with an update expected on Monday.

"We will provide an update to the media on Monday with regard to the memorial service and re-opening of the Park," the Dreamworld statement read.

The cancellation comes after Dreamworld announced earlier this week it would be holding a memorial on Friday for the four people killed while on one of the park's rides.

Canberra mother Kate Goodchild, 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, 35, Luke's partner Roozi Araghi, 38 and a separate holidayer, New Zealand mother Cindy Low, 42, were killed.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the theme park earlier on Thursday to pay her respects and said she had lain flowers for all those who couldn't make it out to the park to offer support.

While at the theme park, the Premier confirmed Police Commissioner Ian Stewart would be having a "conversation" with Dreamworld later on Thursday about the timing of the park's reopening, while Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd outlined there would be discussions around the "potential impact" of opening.

"What we want to do is to try and allow Dreamworld to get back to operations, that is not our intent to get in the way of that, but let's be aware of what the implications will be for our ongoing security of the crime scene," he said.

Police and workplace health and safety are investigating.

How the accident happened

 - Brisbane Times

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