DESPERATE & DATELESS
BALL - 13 FEBRUARY 1999 - DREAMWORLD
Would you like to meet the perfect partner, or simply have a
great night out? Then join thousands of other eligible singles at Queenslands
biggest blind date on February 13, 1999 at Dreamworld.
Take the plunge ... on Dreamworlds latest thrill ride - The Giant
Drop and experience the adrenalin rush of the Tower of Tower - the fastest, tallest rides
in the world.
Enjoy the magic of Dreamworld after dark, the excitement of the rides
and a glittering night of dancing, food, wine, glamour and maybe even romance at the
annual Red Cross Desperate and Dateless Ball.
Tickets to the ball are $75.00 include a "dream date" for the
night, live entertainment, hours of fun on exhilarating rides, gourmet meal, unlimited
alcohol and softdrinks, and buses to and from Dreamworld, departing to the Gold Coast and
Desperate to party? Tickets are on sale now. Collect your entry form
from Flight Centres, Sanity Music Stores, Spurling Formalwear Hire and Australian Red
Cross. But hurry, if you want to be computer matched, because you only have until February
5. After this date you can still buy single tickets from Ticketek.
So take the plunge on Dreamworlds Giant Drop and take a chance on
For more information telephone the Desperate and Dateless Hotline on
(07) 3835 1270 or visit the official web site at www.desperateanddateless.com.
20 December 1998
THE GIANT DROP
DREAMWORLDS NEW THRILL RIDE CLAIMS THREE
The Queensland Premier, Mr Peter Beattie
today witnessed the biggest fall in his political career after launching the tallest free
fall ride in the world at Dreamworld.
The Giant Drop, Dreamworld's new $12 million high-tech thrill ride
created three world firsts on its maiden despatch.
Aside from being the tallest free fall ride in the world, The
Giant Drop has created structural design and construction history for rides of this
type, sharing the physical tower that supports the fastest, tallest rollercoaster in
the world - the Tower of Terror. The dual 8-seater gondolas are being used for the
first time on a ride of this height and design.
Peaking at 119 metres high, passengers experience the exhilaration of
falling from 39 storeys at the speed of gravity (up to 135 kilometres per hour) aboard one
of two 8-seater gondolas. Until now the tallest ride of this type was the Blue Fall
in Hakeijima, Japan which is 107 metres high.
Mr Beattie joined Mr Lawrie Stapleton General Manager of
Dreamworlds listed owner, LeisureWide Property Trust, Dreamworld Chief Executive
Officer Mr Fred Maybury and invited guests for the official launch and ride preview
Commenting on the world first coups, Dreamworld CEO Fred Maybury said
new state-of-the-art rides and attractions such as The Giant Drop benefit
Dreamworld, the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia as a tourist destination.
"Tourism, the local economy and theme park visitors are the
winners - being able to experience the worlds most technologically advanced rides
and attractions in Australia".
Mr Maybury said the Tower of Terror which opened in January 1997 and
set the world speed record for rollercoasters was engineered with the opportunity to
develop a second ride from the Dreamworld Tower.
"This Christmas guests will be able to experience the best of both
worlds - being blasted skyward on the Tower of Terror at speeds of up to 160 kph and free
falling downward from 0 to up to 135 kph."
The commissioning process on The Giant Drop will continue up
until Boxing Day but the ride will be operational at intervals leading up to December 26 -
the start of the Christmas holiday promotion period.
The Giant Drop will add to Dreamworlds Triple Thrill
Christmas line-up which includes four shows daily of Michael Edgleys All New
Moscow Circus (26 December until 24 January 1999. Extended hours 9am to 6.30pm) and the
arrival of Tiger Islands first Bengal tiger cubs./-ENDS
Visit the GIANT DROP
14 December 1998
AWESOME PAWSOME - THE NEW
Capping off the Parks Christmas highlights will be Tiger Islands first
generation Bengal tiger cubs. Born on October 23, 1998 (and nick-named the awesome
pawsome- the four cubs - two gold, one white and one tabby will be on display in
their purpose-built nursery. Tiger Island is a unique interactive animal attraction and
one of only two in the world. In the specifically designed habitat of Tiger Island, the
tigers and their handlers co-exist peacefully - playing, swimming and relaxing together
all day long.
Visit the TIGER CUBS Homepage
14 December 1998
DREAMWORLD AND MICHAEL
EDGLEY'S ALL NEW MOSCOW CIRCUS
An added Christmas bonus for guests (included in the normal price of admission) will be
Dreamworld and Michael Edgleys All New Moscow Circus featured four times
daily from 26 December to 24 January 1999. Presented under the Big Top, there
will be 16 of the worlds most spectacular circus artists performing inspiring acts,
fearless feats and traditional family favourites - clowns, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire
artists. Headline acts will include The Phoenix Flyers on the flying trapeze,
The Great Fattini displaying his agility and balance atop the sway pole, the
Alegria brothers and their Giant Wheel, the daredevil motorcyclists in their
All New Globe of Death and The Man in the Bottle, Hugo Zamoratte.
14 December 1998
Extended trading hours of 9.00am - 6.30pm - commencing 26 December through to 24 January
1999 - will enable guests to fit more fun into their day at the Park to take advantage of
the Christmas school holiday activities. Dreamworld is open every day except Christmas
9 July 1998
LITTER OF EIGHT PURE-BRED
DINGOES BORN AT DREAMWORLD
The Queensland Department of Natural Resources (QNDR) recently adjusted its policy on the
introduction and keeping of dingoes to enable breeding of purebred dingoes within approved
facilities. QNDR has sanctioned Dreamworld, through a permit held by Park, to breed their
pure bred dingoes.
On 3 June 1998, Dreamworlds purebred dingo, Suzzi gave birth to a litter
of eight pups, five female, three male. The pups made their public debut as part of
Dreamworlds conservation through education program on Thursday 9 July,
at five weeks of age.
Commenting on the adjusted QDNR policy on the introduction and keeping of dingoes to
enable breeding, Policy Officer - Exotic Species, Maire Bryannah said "Dingoes are a
pest to pastoralism in Queensland and may present a threat to the industry and/or the
environment in unmanaged situations."
"The QDNR supports the conservation of the purebred dingo while being primarily
concerned with the control of dingo and dingo hybrids/wildogs as a pest of primary
industry. In Queensland it is illegal to keep dingoes or dingo crosses as private
companion animals, fines are applicable and landholders (rural and urban) have a
responsibility under the Rural Lands Protection Act 1985 to control dingoes," she
The dilution of the Australian Pure-bred dingo population has, in recent times, prompted
attempts to conserve the pure bred dingo in captivity.
A register was established by the Australian Dingo Conservation Association (Inc) to
maintain data on purebred stock and to assist in the management of captive breeding
programs. With the help of independent scientific assessment by dingo expert Laurie
Corbett (CSIRO), participating animals, including (now) Suzzi and her pups and
their father are deemed pure. The register also assists the management of the breeding
population by placing pure bred dingoes in appropriate and legal breeding programs like
Dreamworlds Australian Wildlife Manager, Kevin Bradley said "Dreamworld
Wildlife Officers give daily presentations in Park and interact with the dingoes,
educating the public on the importance of conservation and species management. Dingoes are
declared animals in Queensland under the Rural Lands Protection Act, however this program
provides, sensibly for conservation of the species without compromising control of wild
"Educational talks reinforce to the public that dingoes are wild animals, that people
should not approach them in the wild, that they are not suitable pets and that in
Queensland it is illegal to own or breed them without a permit," he said "While
many Australians believe the dingo to be part of our countries ancestral fauna, it is not
and facts such as these are of interest to the public visiting Dreamworld. The educational
talks promote a better understanding and contribute to the conservation through education
The pure-bred dingo pups will be placed on public display for two one hour periods daily
until approximately 8 weeks of age. Following this they will be on permanent display on
rotation and involved in educational talks at Dreamworlds Koala
Summary of issues - captive breeding of purebred dingoes in Queensland:
The purebred dingo is facing extinction through hybridsation- accidental
and/or deliberate interbreeding with feral or stray domestic dogs
National parks and reserves may not adequately protect the purebred dingo from this threat
While purebred dingoes disappear, the wild dog problem continues unabated
Conservation breeding of purebred dingoes in captive situations may be seen as a
complement to ongoing control of wild dogs in the open environment
A conservation breeding program would need to be carefully managed and would necessarily
involve stringent regulations imposed on participating dingoes, participating institutions
and breeding programs
Genetic typing methods for identification of genetically pure dingoes are now available to
support research to preserve any animals which may be genetically pure.
Because the gene pool is constantly being diminished, it is important to act now to
conserve any animals which may be genetically pure by placing them on a provisional
register and identifying and recording their progeny until such times as their genetic
status is determined.
The current ban on private keeping and breeding of dingoes and dingo hybrids in Queensland
should be maintained indefinitely.
The difference between dingoes and dogs is; dingoes are a wild animal not suited to
20 June 1998
WORLD'S FASTEST, TALLEST
RIDE CELEBRATES 1 000 000th PASSENGER
Dreamworlds Tower of Tower, the fastest, tallest ride in the world blasted its one
millionth passenger 115 metres high travelling at up to 160 kilometres per hour on
Saturday 20 June.
Since opening on January 23, 1997 the high-tech thrill ride has made 66,668 journeys,
travelling a distance of 56,668 kilometres - the equivalent distance to almost
one-and-a-half trips around the world.
A group of local Camp Quality children and their families were joined by media
personalities to start the countdown at a special breakfast at Dreamworld.
Personalities from Seven Gold Coast News, ABC Channel 2, SEA FM and the Gold Coast
Bulletin newspaper took on the role of host to the children, with some help from
Dreamworlds in park entertainers.
At 10.55am on Saturday 13-year-old Nicole Frederiksen of Bethania became the lucky
Dreamworld guest to become the Tower of Terrors one millionth passenger.
Nicole is a regular Dreamworld visitor and has experienced the ride more than 30 times.
She was pleasantly surprised when presented with a commemorative riders suit, cap
and Tower of Terror prize pack by SEA FM personality, Sorbent Boy.
Dreamworlds Chief Executive Officer, Mr Fred Maybury said the Tower of Terror has
remained the Parks number one ride since opening last year - appealing to people of
all ages and walks of life.
"In fact, over 70 per cent of Dreamworlds guests experience the 6.5 seconds of
weightlessness and 4.5Gs as they free fall backwards."
"We are very proud of the success the ride has enjoyed, particularly when we claimed
the world speed record for rollercoasters last year, registering an unprecedented speed of
161 kilometres per hour," Mr Maybury said.
Peaking at 38 storeys high and stretching the equivalent of three football fields across
the Park, a state-of-the-art linear motor system propels the ride to maximum speed.
Swiss company Intamin designed the Tower of Terror for Dreamworld, with the Park itself
project managing construction of the leading edge thrill ride.
21 May 1998
RECOGNISED FOR AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION
Dreamworlds Director of Special Projects, Mr Len Shaw was today announced inaugural
recipient of the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA) Gold
Service Award for his outstanding contribution to the industry.
Vice President of AALARA, Mr Steve Peet presented Mr Shaw with the Award at the conclusion
of the associations annual three-day conference held at Royal Pines Resort (May
Mr Shaws list of credits is as long as it is high, spanning over 32 years - 15 at
Dreamworld. He is the person responsible for construction of the fastest, tallest ride in
the world, the Tower of Terror, and attractions such as Wipeout, Tiger Island and Creature
Last year Mr Shaw project managed construction and operation of Dreamworlds
Antarctic Adventure, an interactive science and entertainment attraction in Hobart,
Dreamworlds Chief Executive Officer, Mr Fred Maybury congratulated Mr Shaw on the
"Len Shaw is one of Dreamworlds greatest assets. He has contributed enormously
to the growth and development of the Park and the industry as a whole. We applaud him for
all that he has achieved," Mr Maybury said.
Mr Shaw was instrumental in the formation of AALARA and is currently serving his second
term as the Associations President and Treasurer. Earlier this year he was appointed
to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and is a member of its
Safety and Maintenance Committee.
Mr Shaw is a nine-year member and now Chairman of the Australian Standards ME 51
Committee, responsible for developing Code AS 3533 for construction, operation and
maintenance of amusement park equipment.
He is also a member of the Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and the Light Railway
Research Society of Australia.
Mr Shaw joined the Dreamworld team in 1983 as Engineer. In 1991 he was promoted to General
Manager of Operations, responsible for a diverse portfolio which included the Parks
maintenance, operations, first aid, property and shows and attractions departments. Mr
Shaw was appointed Director of Special Projects in 1996.
Mr Shaw has travelled extensively to the USA and Europe to keep abreast of the latest
developments and technology in the amusement and entertainment industry.
26 March 1998
WINNER - MAJOR TOURIST
ATTRACTION AT BRISBANE TOURISM AWARDS 1998
Dreamworld, Australias favourite family theme park was announced as the winner of
Major Tourist Attraction [Category 1], on Wednesday 25 March in the inaugural Brisbane
Tourism Awards, hosted by the Brisbane Tourism at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition
The Major Tourist Attractions category encompasses attractions of significant size, which
have a national perspective, can be privately, nationally or corporate owned and may be
developed in conjunction with a natural attraction or on its own.
Dreamworld is the only independently owned and operated theme park in Queensland and
prides itself in providing more than a days entertainment at the best value for
money. Constantly changing, $24 million has been invested in product development and
capital improvements from January to December, 1997, the qualifying period for the awards.
Commenting on receiving the award, Chief Executive Officer, Fred Maybury said "Since
1990, Dreamworld has moved from strength to strength, each year building upon record
visitor growth, which is largely attributed to the domestic market, in particular
intra-state and local markets that draw on the South East Queensland and Brisbane
"Despite the tourism industry being acknowledged as soft, in 1997
Dreamworld registered its greatest number of visitors in the 16 year history of the Park.
It is through working with associations such as Brisbane Tourism, and industry partners in
the accommodation and transport sectors, that make achieving these results possible,"
said Mr Maybury.
Situated on 30 hectares at Coomera, Dreamworld was officially opened in December 1981.
Over the 16 years of its operation, many rides and attractions have been added to the
park, the most recent additions being the A$16 million Tower of Terror and childrens
ride, Creature Cruise.
28 March 1998
1998 IS YEAR OF THE TIGER
According to the Chinese Horoscope, 1998 is the Year of the Tiger and Dreamworlds
Tiger Island is using this platform to heighten awareness of the plight of the tiger.
Tiger Island Manager, Mr Patrick Martin-Vegue believes it timely, during the Year of the
Tiger, to educate the public and the world at large about the future of this exotic
"Tragically the tiger has become an endangered species. And, there is every
likelihood that by the year 2010, when the next Year of the Tiger occurs, the species may
not exist at all in the wild," Mr Martin-Vegue said.
The worldwide tiger population has decreased by an estimated 95 per cent since the turn of
the century, leaving fewer than 4,000 tigers in the wild today. A recent World Wide Fund
for Nature report estimates that one more tiger disappears from the wild every day.
Mr Martin-Vegue said: "ironically, contradicting the reverence of the Tiger within
the Chinese Horoscope is the fact that poaching still exists predominantly because of the
demands of Chinese medicine".
Poaching and selling of tigers by the black market remains the primary human contribution
to the demise of the species.
Dreamworlds Tiger Island is committed to the survival of the tiger and applies a
conservation through education approach.
In the sanctuary of Tiger Island, Dreamworlds five Bengal tigers live in a stress
free environment, receiving a good diet, veterinary care and necessary stimulation from
interaction with their handlers.
Wild tigers live between 10 and 12 years, while tigers living in interactive environments
like Tiger Island have been known to reach over 22 years of age.