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Large investigation into Dreamworld

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016

More than 30 investigators are involved in the investigation into the fatal Dreamworld ride accident that has left four dead.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says they will remain at the scene of the Gold Coast theme park today and take statements from witnesses.

"Today, the focus will turn to the ride itself and what policies and procedures were in place for that particular ride," she told the Seven Network.

Ms Palaszczuk vowed to ensure the Gold Coast recovers from the devastating accident.

"There will be a thorough investigation by the police and the coroner. We need to ensure that this never happens again."

But she said the immediate priority was to ensure the children and family of the victims, staff at Dreamworld and emergency services who attended yesterday's horror accident are cared for.

Brother and sister Luke Dorsett, 35, and Kate Goodchild, 32, and Mr Dorsett's partner Roozi Araghi, all from Canberra, and another woman died when their raft flipped on the Thunder River Rapids ride.

More counsellors and support staff will be sent to help staff and others deal with the aftermath of the fatal accident.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate earlier told Nine that the council would help the family of Dreamworld.

"I mean, they're used to giving fun and joy to people and all of a sudden, the memories this memory will leave behind is the most horrific," he said.

"We're going to have to help the family of Dreamworld."

Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Tate said the accident had hit a lot of locals and Australians hard.

"Australians one way or another have connections to this ride, this theme park and the Gold Coast and everyone, the community is feeling it," Mr Tate said.

Mr Tate said the theme parks were vital to the Gold Coast economy.

"It's very important for us ... (to) help support the theme parks and get them back to the point where people have the confidence to come and live and have their wonderful memories again."

Ms Palaszczuk has urged anyone who needs help to contact Lifeline.

Lifeline on 13 11 14.


Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride. © AAP Image/Dreamworld Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride. AUSTRALIA - October 2016: Four people killed when their circular raft flips on the Thunder River Rapids conveyor belt ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.

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