Premier lays floral tribute at Dreamworld on behalf of all Queenslanders

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has attended Dreamworld to pay her respect to those killed in Tuesday’s ride disaster.

The premier laid a floral tribute at the Gold Coast theme park on Thursday in what was her first visit to the park since the awful accident.

Ms Palaszczuk addressed the media while standing in front of what she referred to as a “sea of flowers”.


“I’ve come down here to Dreamworld to pay my respect to the four people who tragically lost their lives here,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Words can not describe the feelings that Queenslanders are showing towards the families of those who have lost their lives.

“I know there are a lot of families throughout Queensland that have come here and are feeling really sad about what has happened.

“So on behalf of all Queensland families who can not be here at Dreamworld, I have today placed a bunch of flowers there for everyone.”

“I’ve also been just briefed by Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd and from the outset can I thank the police, for all of the work that they are doing here.

“We have specialist police working around the clock to find out exactly what went so horribly wrong.

“To the Dreamworld staff, can I thank you for your concern and your care as well because many Dreamworld staff also witnessed the tragedy that unfolded here just a few days ago.

“To the families of those who have lost loved ones, I extend my deepest sympathies on behalf of the people of Queensland for your loss during this very difficult time.”

At this stage, Assistant Police Commissioner Brian Codd says “no determination has been made” about whether Dreamworld will be able to reopen for a special memorial day tomorrow as planned.

“The issue of Dreamworld reopening tomorrow is a matter between the organisation and police,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The Police Commissioner and the organisation will be having a conversation and it is up to those parties to make that decision.”