Posted: 8 November, 2016
Mayor Wants Dreamworld To Get 'OK' From Families Before Reopening
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate wants Dreamworld to get the 'OK' of families of the four victims from last month's tragedy before reopening the theme park.
Police handed back the site of the October 25 raft-ride accident on Monday to Dreamworld's owners.
The completion of the on-site investigations came at the same time as Kate Goodchild and her brother Luke Dorsett were farewelled at a funeral in Canberra.
That service was the last of the funerals for the four people killed when a raft on the Thunder River Rapids ride flipped onto a conveyor belt.
After an initial plan to reopen just three days after the accident was scrapped, Dreamworld bosses said they wouldn't discuss re-opening the park until the funerals were completed.
An independent safety review of every ride at the park would also have to be completed before the park reopens, Dreamworld chief executive Craig Davidson added.
The park is expected to make a public statement on Wednesday and Mr Tate hopes any re-opening plan has the support of victims' families.
"It's been a difficult time," Mr Tate said.
"The timing of re-opening Dreamworld - I'd leave that to the management of Dreamworld - they know what to do but I would ask that they talk to the families and get their OK on that."
Meanwhile organisers of a fundraiser for victims' families have confirmed a portion of the $200,000 raised so far will be made immediately available to help with funeral expenses.
The givit.org.au appeal is ongoing but funds currently raised are being passed on to the families.
Mr Tate encouraged people to continue to donate to the appeal.
"I'm happy but I'd say give it some more. You've got kids there who are going to be growing up without a parent."