Ben Hill is a reporter for The New Zealand Herald

Dreamworld tragedy: Park will reopen on Friday

Dreamworld is set to reopen on Friday after a horror accident killed four people on one of the theme park's rides.

In a statement Dreamworld said they will be hosting a "Memorial Day" this Friday, which they "hope will be considered the start of the healing process for all concerned".

The day will begin with a private ceremony for Dreamworld staff, friends and emergency services.

The Park will open at 11.00am and entry proceeds from the day will go to the Australian Red Cross.

Activities during the day will be limited to smaller rides, animal attractions and the water park.

The statement also said the deadly Thunder River Rapids ride had passed its audit on September 29.

Dreamworld said the audit was conducted by an external engineering firm, and details would be provided to the coroner and workplace safety investigators.

Family of Kiwi 'devastated'

The family of Kiwi Dreamworld victim Cindy Low say they are traumatised by her death as they ask for privacy while they grieve.

The 42-year-old New Zealand expat was killed alongside Canberra residents Kate Goodchild, 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, 35, and his partner Roozbeh Araghi, 38, when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned on Tuesday.

Cindy Low originally from Kawerau, died yesterday along with three others when their Thunder River Rapids ride flipped, trapping the victims in machinery below. Photo / Facebook
Cindy Low originally from Kawerau, died yesterday along with three others when their Thunder River Rapids ride flipped, trapping the victims in machinery below. Photo / Facebook

Low's 10-year-old son survived the ride, as did a 12-year-old girl.

"Ms Low's family was devastated by the tragic loss of partner and mother Cindy Low, who was killed in the catastrophic incident at Dreamworld," the family said in a statement released to the public on Wednesday afternoon.

"The family are traumatised, and kindly request that their privacy be respected as they try to come to terms with this tragic loss."

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Dreamworld tragedy: 30 detectives involved

Thirty detectives will be investigating what caused the horror deaths of four people at a Gold Coast theme park.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson of the Queensland Police said there would be an "intricate investigation" into what happened in order to provide a report for the state coroner.

Four people, including a New Zealand woman, died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld yesterday.

Police are appealing to members of the public who may have photos or videos of the tragedy to come forward, as well as eyewitnesses or anyone who went on the ride yesterday.

Thompson said police have taken "in excess of 40 statements".

He was unable to say how long the park would be closed for or how long it would remain a crime scene.

The detectives will be assisted by Workplace Safety staff.

Thompson said reports that Kate Goodchild's husband was robbed while he tried to save her life were false.

Low was visiting the Gold Coast theme park with son Kieran, 10, daughter Isla, 6, and husband, Matthew, on Tuesday.

- NZ Herald

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