News

MP tells councillors to 'get their balls back from the CEO'

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen tells councillors to "go and get their balls back from the CEO” over their decision to scrap  the corporate model of Wide Bay Water.
Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen tells councillors to "go and get their balls back from the CEO” over their decision to scrap the corporate model of Wide Bay Water. File

TED Sorensen has slammed the council for its decision to scrap the corporate model of Wide Bay Water.

"I think the rest of the councillors need to go and get their balls back from the CEO," Mr Sorensen said.

"(Councillor) George (Seymour, who voted against the decision) was the only one to show any brains."

Mr Sorensen was the Mayor of Hervey Bay City Council when water and sewerage services first moved to a corporate model in 2002.

He remembers the state of water services in Hervey Bay before Wide Bay Water, such as when Coconut Grove Caravan Park erupted one day in a fountain of sewerage from a busted pipe.

Broken mains, illegal connections and major leakage problems were just a few of the issues the HBCC had to deal with, and after years of research, they decided the corporate model was the way to fix them.

Ten years later, and many of these problems are a thing of the past, and as he reflected on the good work done by WBW, Mr Sorensen could not hide his disappointment in the decision to abandon the corporate experiment.

Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond.
Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond. Alistair Brightman

"It is a backward step," he said.

"Water and sewerage is one of the most important things for a council to get right."

After being told of Mr Sorensen's remarks, Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond said she had no comment.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the decision came purely from the councillors.

"It was the elected members doing what we were elected to do."

Councillor Rolf Light said he was satisfied he got all the information he requested in order to make a decision on the facts.

Councillor Stuart Taylor said he was disappointed in the comments from Mr Sorensen.

"If he had a genuine concern over WBW I would have expected this could have been raised prior to the decision being made, not criticising it after the fact," he said.

Cr O'Connell acknowledged the great work done by WBW employees over the years, but said the councillors needed to make their decisions based on what would make water and sewerage services the most viable for the years to come.

He said two sets of independent advice from consultants, commissioned by WBW and then the council, advised that the current corporate model was not the most viable.

Mr Sorensen said "the problem with consultants is they will go with a Rolls Royce, gold-plated system, and then charge a 10% commission".

The vote to return the management of water and sewerage services to the control of the council was passed by a vote of nine to one, with Cr Seymour voting against the move and Cr Phil Truscott absent.

Topics:  fraser coast regional council george seymour misogyny ted sorensen wide bay water



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Maryvale man allegedly goes on stealing rampage in Warwick

He is expected to be charged this afternoon with stealing and entering a premises and commit indictable offences.

The man allegedly stole from four businesses.

Southern Downs town has Queensland's cheapest houses

Regions of South East Queensland such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Toowoomba are seeing demand and values rise.

A Downs town has the third cheapest house prices in Queensland.

Dog paws burn in utes

Legally, pet owners are required to ensure dogs are safe, secure and comfortable while in transit and breaching the law could cost you $35,340 or a year in jail.

Make sure your pooch is cool, hydrated

Local Partners

What's on this Australia Day

PACK up the family, gather your friends and don't forget some sunscreen and hats for the plethora of Australia Day celebrations on the Southern Downs.


Reigning Miss Rodeo Australia will be in town for awards

Miss Warwick Rodeo 2016 Ashleigh Grant, Miss Australia Rodeo Katy Scott, Miss Canada Rodeo Samantha Stokes and Miss America Rodeo Katherine Merck in Warwick during the 2016 rodeo.

Reigning Miss Rodeo Australia flying in to be part of 2017 awards

T20 might be batters game but no one told bowlers

Steven Lyons bats at Slade Park as WBAS chase the 166 scored by Summers.

Bowlers go well as tight battle on for final spots

Action hots up with semis this morning in carnival cricket

Dale's XI will play Dutch's Rudders at noon on Queens Pary Synthetic today.

The draw for final day of Warwick cricket carnival

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Why tree-changers want to buy in the Southern Downs

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price for the Downs dropped 1.5% to $241,250 the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 1.5% to $241,250

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!