Posted: 27 October, 2016
Hundreds Visited The Park Overnight For A Candlelight Vigil
Dreamworld will reopen tomorrow (Friday) for a memorial day, as a mark of respect to the four people who lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday.
In a statement released overnight, the Gold Coast theme park said only smaller rides, animal attractions and the water park will be in operation and entry proceeds from the day will go to the Australian Red Cross to support their continued community focused activities.
Volunteers have been consoling staff and visitors at the park since Tuesday and will continue those services for some time.
A private ceremony will also be held for Dreamworld staff, friends and emergency services who have worked side by side through this difficult time, before the park opens at 11:00am.
Also in the statement, Dreamworld officials confirmed the ride in question had passed all recent maintenance tests.
"Park safety is our priority. Dreamworld would like to assure the public and our guests that at the time of the incident the park was fully compliant with all required safety certifications."
"The Thunder River Rapids ride had successfully completed its annual mechanical and structural safety engineering inspection on 29 September, 2016."
"As per regulations, this safety audit was conducted by a specialist external engineering firm. Details of this audit will be provided to the Coroner and workplace safety investigators."
Two women - 42-year-old Cindy Low and 32-year-old Kate Goodchild - died in Tuesday's accident along with Ms Goodchild's brother Luke Dorsett, 35, and his partner Roozbeh Araghi, 38, when a raft they were in on the Thunder River Rapids ride flipped backwards.
Two young children miraculously survived and are receiving treatment in Gold Coast University Hospital.
The entrance to the park has become a makeshift shrine, with locals dropping off flowers and wreaths in memory of the four tourists who lost their lives.
Hundreds of people crammed into the theme park's carpark overnight for a candlelight vigil to honour the victims.
Image: Tom Moldoveanu
Melissa Le Grande took her family along and said strangers were united in grief.
"Really really uplifting to see so many people turning up to support the familes, even though not many of us known them," she said.
"It's awesome how the community just get behind each other in sad moments like these."
Jayde Gofton took his children along and said the tragedy had touched a lot of people.
"It's an emotional time, there are a lot of upset people," he said.
"I've never seen such a big turnout."