10 postal votes are left to be counted.
10 postal votes are left to be counted. Patrick Woods

Brian Stockwell ahead by 10 votes as Noosa count wraps up

BRIAN Stockwell has increased his lead over Elaine Williams to 10 votes for the final position on the new Noosa Council and is now anxiously awaiting declaration of the ballot.

At the end of counting Mr Stockwell is on 14,841 votes ahead of Ms Williams on 14,831.

The final result may still be challenged by Ms Williams although she has not been available to comment today.

Returning Officer Colin Brown is awaiting sign-off from Electoral Commission Queensland before he can announce the outcome.

Last night, with the pair separated by just eight votes, she indicated she would challenge if the gap narrowed and give it away if it widened.

However with Mr Stockwell's margin increasing only by two during final counting she is likely to re-assess that position.

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He previously served on Noosa Council between 1988 and 1991 and ran again unsuccessful at the half-term election in 2014.

With 25 years in state and local government planning he will look to help drive the planning scheme review due this term.

"I would like to see us build on it and improve it and make it relevant to the emerging economy,'' Mr Stockwell said.

"I also want to consolidate partnerships with the community. It's important for council to work in partnership with people who volunteer their time to serve.''

The outcome is particularly cruel for the loser with both securing more votes than achieved by any mayoral candidates.

In the Noosa election voters were required to choose six candidates from a field of 13 to fill councillor positions in what was a first past the post ballot.

The mayoral vote however was under the optional preferential system which allowed voters to number one or more boxes on the ballot paper of three candidates.

Few chose to do so.

Mr Wellington has secured 12,925 primary votes (42.24%), 835 ahead of Sandy Bolton on 12,090 (39.57%) and with Ray Kelly third on 5583 (18.25%).


Final Noosa councillor position to be decided today

ONLY eight votes separate the two candidates fighting for the sixth Noosa councillor position, with only a handful of remaining votes to be counted today.

The tightness of the contest between Brian Stockwell and Elaine Williams is likely to lead to the outcome being challenged and the possibility of a full recount.

Mr Stockwell is on 14,809 votes with Ms Williams on 14,801 with Returning Officer Colin Brown set to count the last handful of 10 postal votes this morning.

Ms Williams said if the gap between her and Mr Stockwell tightened over the final count she would appeal the result but would let it go if it widened.

She said it had been a difficult past week going in to work and being constantly bombarded with questions about where she was placed and what was happening.

"It's been a crazy job application,'' she said.

"I thought it would be more clear cut. I've just been going to work, though I went sailing on the weekend."

Who do you think will take the final Noosa Council seat?

This poll ended on 07 April 2016.

Current Results

Brian Stockwell.

50%

Elaine Williams.

28%

It's too close to call.

21%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The three incumbent councillors Frank Wilkie, Frank Pardon and Joe Jurisevic have all been returned and will be joined by Jess Glassgow (15,873) and Ingrid Jackson (15,09) along with either Ms Williams or Mr Stockwell.

They will form a council with new mayor Tony Wellington who holds an unassailable lead over Sandy Bolton at this late stage of the count.

Only an extraordinary flow of preferences from the Christian Outreach Centre pre-polling place to Ms Bolton over Mr Wellington would alter that result.

Mr Wellington is on 12,921 (42.24%), Ms Bolton 12,088 (39.52%) and Ray Kelly on 5579 (18.24%).
 


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