State’s top expert appointed to Dreamworld recovery

One of Queensland’s most experienced natural disaster recovery experts, Mike McKay, has begun helping with community recovery following the fatal ride tragedy at Dreamworld last week.

McKay, a retired inspector with more than four decades in the Queensland police service under his belt, says he will work to restore international trust in the theme park.

He was formally appointed to the position yesterday, as people continue to pay their respects at the park, with hundreds of flowers and cards lining the entrance.


Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson says Mr Mckay will work with families, the government, emergency services and non-government organisations, to develop a “comprehensive community engagement and recovery program”.

Mr Mckay has previously worked with residents of the Lockyer Valley following the 2011 floods, and the victims of Cyclone Larry in 2006.

Premier Annastacia Palasczcuk has expressed she feels reassured by Ardent Leisure’s appointment, and will be updated today on the safety blitz on Queensland’s theme parks and shows.