Call for watchdog to check ex-mayor
A LABOR MP has asked the Crime and Corruption Commission to look into an old $1 million council land deal involving now Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen.
The state's corruption watchdog has been asked to look into a more-than-decade-old $1 million council land deal involving a mayor turned state MP.
The Courier-Mail can reveal Labor MP Bruce Saunders has asked the CCC to review the deal, made over a decade ago, after a local resident raised concerns.
Mr Sorensen denies any wrongdoing.
It dates back to when the Liberal National Party MP was the Hervey Bay mayor in 2006 - before its amalgamation into the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Property records show the council's water business then bought 210ha of bushland for $1 million from a deceased estate of Mr Sorensen's late father, of which he was a trustee and beneficiary.
It was bought at a public auction on November 4 for a tree-planting effluent disposal scheme. Questions over the deal were first raised in Parliament in 2011.
Mr Sorensen then said his solicitors had written to the council on November 22 - 18 days after the auction - to notify it of his interest in the land.
The water company's annual report said the purchase price was "within the valuation range for recent sales".