Ted Sorensen

- Former State Member For Hervey Bay

About Ted

Ted Sorensen was no stranger to the representation of the people of Hervey Bay.

Ted was the Mayor of Hervey Bay for two terms, 2000 to 2008 and was voted onto the local council from 1994, where he served as a councillor and Deputy Mayor.
He was elected to State Parliament in 2009 achieving a large swing to defeat the sitting Labor member and Bligh Government Minister Andrew McNamara. 
Ted's family are pioneers of the Hervey Bay area spanning some five generations.
He was born and educated in Hervey Bay where he was a keen sportsman playing Rugby League, coaching and umpiring softball. Ted earned a living as a pastoralist, married and raised his family in Hervey Bay and still lives on the property with his wife Jenny.




Married, five adult children (three Girls, two Boys).

Education – Bingham Road School; Torquay State School, Hervey Bay State School; Hervey Bay High School.

Prior to election – Mayor, Councillor, Grazier.

Personal interests – Politics, Sport, the National Rugby League (NRL).

Community Interests:
Member - Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce;
Vice-patron - Kirami Nursing Home;
Patron - Hervey Bay High School;
Member - Seagulls Old Boys;
Honorary Member - Sunrise Rotary Club;
Patron - Hervey Bay Art Society Inc.;
Patron - ZPac Theatre;
Patron - Fraser Coast Historical Vehicle Club;
Patron - Older Men Unlimited-Hervey Bay;
Chair - Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal fund-raising committee.
Patron - Hervey Bay Veterans Advice and Social Centre. (Veterans of Australia)
Patron - Hervey Bay Orchid Society

Current: Retired Member for Hervey Bay 
Past: From 2009 to 2020, Member of the Agriculture and Environment Committee.  The Agriculture and Environment Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 27 March 2015 as a portfolio committee with responsibility for the following areas: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing; and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.  Deputy Government Whip from March 2012 to 2015. Deputy Opposition Whip 2010-2012, Member - Members' Ethics and Parliamentary Privileges Committee 23 April 2009 - 9 February 2010.
Party Activity: Member LNP.
Local Government Service: Mayor, Hervey Bay City (2000 – 2008); Councillor, Hervey Bay City (1994 – 2000).

Commonly known as "The Bay", the electorate of Hervey Bay sits within the boundaries of the City of Hervey Bay which is part of a region known as the Fraser Coast.

World heritage listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, is adjacent to the City of Hervey Bay and forms the eastern boundary of the Hervey Bay Electorate.

Hervey Bay is one of the fastest growing regions not just in Queensland but across the nation. Between 2001 and 2007, the Fraser Coast population increased by over 18,000 persons to 92,500 (approximately).

Over this period, Hervey Bay experienced the most significant growth, followed by Woocoo/Tiaro and Maryborough.

Projected growth of the Fraser Coast on the Fraser Coast is expected to exceed that of Non Metropolitan Queensland (NMQ), with Hervey Bay expected to maintain a higher average annual population growth compared to Woocoo/Tiaro and Maryborough.

In the 2015 Census there were 56,834 persons residing in Hervey Bay: Suburbs contained within electorate: Booral, Eli Waters, Fraser Island, Kawungan, Pialba, Point Vernon, Scarness, Torquay, Urangan, Urraween, River Heads and Wondunna.