Dreamworld tributes to be included in memorial

Hundreds of floral tributes left at Dreamworld since four people tragically lost their lives on a ride on Tuesday, will be included in a memorial.

A tree will be planted for each of the victims of the fatal accident on the River Rapids ride.

The memorial will honour Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett, his partner Roozi Araghi and Sydney woman Cindy Low.


Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, on the Gold Coast for the Queensland Labor Conference, laid flowers at the site on Saturday.

Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson confirmed tributes will be incorporated into the memorial.

On Saturday he said “our hearts and thoughts are still with the families affected by this tragedy”.

“We are continuing to co-operate with the authorities throughout the ongoing investigation.

Mr Davidson said Dreamworld is doing whatever it can to support customers and park guests, adding “no customer or guest will be out of pocket”.

“All pre-purchased tickets will be refunded, this applies to all 1, 3, 7 & 21 day tickets with validity remaining.

“Season passes can either be extended while the Park is not operation, or they can be refunded on a pro-rata basis.

“Dreamworld is taking customer details and working through the refund process.

In terms of the staff, he said Dreamworld continues to look after is team.  They were offered counselling after Tuesday’s deadly accident.

He said “the Park will not be fully staffed while Dreamworld is closed”.

“All staff, including casual staff, will be paid while the Park is closed.

From next week there will be a gradual process of inviting people back to work at the Park if they wish to return, but he said this is not compulsory.

“There are still many things to do at the Park for staff such as feeding animals, gardening, and cleaning.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Officers arrived at the Theme Park on Saturday to begin a series of checks and the CEO said “we are giving them every support they need”.

“They have full access to the Park.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, also on the Gold Coast for the State Labor Conference, announced on Saturday her government would be undertaking an audit of Queensland’s workplace health and safety laws.

The State wants to toughen penalties and introduce a new charge of gross negligence causing death to the laws.

Currently the current maximum penalty is five years imprisonment and fines of up to $3 million for corporations and $600,000 for individual officers.