Tributes flow for five children killed in bouncy castle accident in Australia

Tributes are flowing for the five children who were killed in a tragic bouncy castle accident in Australia on Thursday. 

Several other students were also critically injured after falling from a height of 10 metres when strong winds lifted a bouncy castle into the air at a primary school in Tasmania.

Emergency services, including several helicopters, responded to the incident at around 10am on Thursday (local time) at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport.

Two of the children have now been named in fundraising pages set up to help their grieving families. 

Addison Stewart and her classmate Zane were among the children who died. 

A fundraiser for Zane has raised more than NZ$28,000, with friends of his family paying tribute. 

"We would like to help raise some funds to assist Georgie and her family in this hard time after the tragic loss of her gorgeous boy Zane..." the page read. 

"Georgie is an amazing mum to her 3 boys, always putting their needs first. Zane was such a beautiful, caring, gentle soul who had challenges growing up with his autism and ADHD but that never set him back he kept achieving. 

"Georgie is the most amazing mum, she never gave up and was by his side every step of the way encouraging, loving and fighting for him.

"Georgie won't be able to work for some period of time where she makes fabulous cakes, cupcakes etc for a living. This has shook so many people and the community and we want to do anything to help make things a little easier for her at this hard time."

A separate fundraiser for Addison, which was set up by her aunt, has raised more than NZ$24,000. 

"I'm hoping to raise some money for my brother and sister-in-law to help pay for funeral costs and to pay off some bills for them while they try and navigate life without their precious daughter," Addison's aunt wrote. 

"They have another daughter and son to take care of and I'm hoping to alleviate some of the stress of bills. Please anything spare you may have.

"I don't even know what to write at this stage. Everyone is devastated, she was always such a sweet, kind, old soul." 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the freak accident as "shattering and heartbreaking".

"Young children on a fun day out, together with their families and it turns to such horrific tragedy at this time of year. It just breaks your heart," Morrison told reporters.

Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff told Channel 10 the community is struggling to come to terms with the accident. 

"To be honest, we're all still in shock, struggling to come to terms with the accident. We're trying to take care of each other but struggling to get our head around it," she told Channel 10.

"I met all those children last week, I was in their classroom for an hour or so, so it's pretty tough to think about that.

"I understand there were at least 70 ambulance workers on site. They're all members of our community. Many of them have children."