Schwarten calls for land sale answers

MEMBER for Hervey Bay Ted Sorenson has been called upon in Queensland State Parliament to explain his involvement in the sale of land parcels to local government in 2006 while he was the mayor of the Hervey Bay Council and an ultimate beneficiary of the real-estate transaction.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten has accused Mr Sorensen of a conflict of interest in relation to the land sale land during a stormy parliamentary session.

“Documents prove (Mr) Sorensen was the beneficiary of the will and got the council cheque when (the land) was sold,” Mr Schwarten said. “He did not make a public disclosure until after the cheque was in his bank.”

Mr Schwarten raised the issue of the land sale during parliamentary debate.

Mr Sorensen refused to comment on the allegation yesterday saying that he would respond during the next sitting of State Parliament.

Transfer documents from the Queensland Land Registry show Ted Sorensen and his half-brother, Norman Leslie Gillespie, entered into contracts with the Wide Bay Water Corporation on November 4, 2006, for the sale of two lots of land for a total purchase price of $1 million. Mr Sorenson was the mayor of Hervey Bay City Council at the time, and the council was the sole shareholder of Wide Bay Corporation.

These transfers were signed by Mr Sorensen and Mr Gillespie on December 1, 2006, as personal representatives of a deceased estate, and completion of the sale occurred on December 4, 2006.

Nine days later, minutes of the ordinary meeting of Hervey Bay City Council disclose a transaction between Mr Sorensen and Wide Bay Water.

The minutes state that on November 4, 2006, Wide Bay Water purchased 210 ha of rural land in Vanderwolf Rd, Bunya Ck.



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