Dreamworld to stay closed for now

Plans to open Dreamworld have been pushed back, as police continue to investigate how four people were killed on one of its rides.

The Gold Coast theme park was due to reopen this morning for a ‘memorial day’ which was ruled out by police, who wish to maintain the site as a crime scene.

Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd says police will examine the site for as long as they need to gather evidence and come to a conclusion on what caused the deaths on the popular Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday afternoon.


The owners, Ardent Leisure, will wait till after the weekend before making a decision on an official opening date.

Also announced, following yesterday’s AGM for Ardent, chief executive Deborah Thomas will donate her $167,500 annual cash bonus to charity.

What would usually be a place for fun with family and friends, Dreamworld has become a shrine to the victims, covered with flowers and tributes outside the park’s entrance.

The theme park has recently come under fire from the Australian Workers Union, which claims it’s been warning about problems for years, which Dreamworld has defended.

Management for the theme park say the ride passed all its required safety tests as recently as last month.