NOOSA ELECTION: What's the rest of the week looking like?
UPDATE 12.25am Wednesday: THERE'S been no official word yet as to whether the Noosa ECQ officers will be counting through the weekend.
Rumours filtered through yesterday they may be called in over the long weekend, but the Daily understands no official word has been given yet.
It appears we may also have a clearer picture of the council makeup by tomorrow afternoon if counting continues to progress.
JESS Glasgow is a long way from wanting to claim he has secured a seat on Noosa Council with just 27.22% of the vote counted.
However trends are rarely altered once set and experienced vote counters are certain he will join Frank Wilkie, Frank Pardon, Joe Jurisevic, Ingrid Jackson and Brian Stockwell on the first full-term Noosa Council since it was merged with the greater Sunshine Coast in 2008.
The IT sector small business man trails Ms Jackson (9.7%) 5396 votes and Mr Stockwell (8.96%) 4981 votes to sit on 8.94% with 4970 in the first past the post ballot.
Elaine Williams (8.83%) sits 62 votes further back on 4908.
However even when she held a strong lead over Mr Glasgow experienced vote watchers were predicting his success because of trends emerging from notional counts of parcels of votes.
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Retiring Mayor Noel Playford called the outcome on Sunday in order.
"I'm still sitting there not counting my chickens,'' Mr Glasgow said. He said he's steered well clear of the vote count and had no scrutineers of his own although he was following Brian Stockwell's regularly updated Face Book page.
"It would drive me mad,'' Mr Glasgow observed.
"The hard work's done. They're the professionals."
He was prompted to stand for council after working for Moreton Bay Council where he said he saw how it operated and the difference councillors could make to people's lives.
"I'm a life-long Noosa local and I believed I could make a difference in town,'' Mr Glasgow said.
"It's more than a job for me. It's about service.''
He set himself for this election by running in 2014 for the half-term council and said that experience taught him a lot.
His campaign slogan was "New Energy for Noosa" which he exhibited knocking on doors every day whatever the weather from February 1 until March 19.
"Along the way locals got on board when they realised I had my heart in it,'' Mr Glasgow said.
"I'm proud I gave it my all.''
Part of his all was to spend an hour each day at the Sunshine Beach lights waving to passing motorists.
Rather than being a demeaning exercise it created an energy of its own with drivers yelling back their support.
He says he will be a truly independent councillor who would help fill out what would be an interesting demographic on what he expects will be a good team of fellow councillors to work alongside.
Mr Glasgow said a shire like Noosa needed a diverse demographic to be truly representative and that is what voters will have achieved when all the numbers are finally in.