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Dreamworld staying closed for now

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Darren Cartwright

It will be at least Monday before it's known when Dreamworld will reopen as police investigate how four people were killed on one of its popular rides.

The Gold Coast theme park was scheduled to reopen with a 'memorial day' on Friday but that was ruled out by police who say the site remains a crime scene.

Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd says police will take as long as they need to gather evidence to determine what caused the deaths on the Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday.

"We are not going to compromise the speed or thoroughness in order for us to vacate the area and acquire the evidence or facts we need," he said.

Owners Ardent Leisure will wait until Monday before making a decision on when the gates will open.

It was also announced late on Thursday that Ardent's chief executive Deborah Thomas will donate her annual cash bonus to charity.

"I have been deeply affected and saddened by the tragic deaths of Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozbeh Araghi and Cindy Low at Dreamworld on Tuesday, in particular the impact of this incident on their children and families," she said in a statement.

"I will be making a personal donation of $167,500, which comprises my entire cash bonus."

Usually a place of pleasure and delight, Dreamworld has become a shrine to those that lost their lives.

Even as locals continued to deliver tributes to the victims outside the park's entrance, several expressed concern the planned reopening was too soon.

The mother of 32-year-old Kate Goodchild's husband David described the horror that confronted her granddaughter - one of two children who survived the accident.

"My son managed to reach his partner ... who died in his arms while his 12-year-old daughter looked on screaming in the background," Gillian Turner said in a statement to reporters in Canberra.

"I would like to believe that my 12-year-old granddaughter was saved so she could tell her little sister what a wonderful mum Kate was."

Dreamworld has also defended its safety record against attacks from the the Australian Workers Union, which says it has been warning about problems at the park for years.

The theme park management say the ride was inspected as recently as last month.

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