Brooks concedes as voters see the Light in division five

UPDATE 9AM: Rolf Light looks to have again defeated Sue Brooks in the battle for the Fraser Coast's northern suburbs.

After beating her in the 2012 election, Cr Light attracted 53% of Saturday's vote ahead of Ms Brooks on 28%.

Former Hervey Bay Labor candidate Bernii Allen sat third at 18% with 41% of the roll counted.

Cr Light thanked his supporters for endorsing him to run another four years.

"I'm delighted my hard work was recognised by my constituents," he said.

"I've got to return their confidence in me."

With a coffee in her hand on the veranda of her home, Ms Brooks was accepting of the result.

"The people in division five have chosen Cr Light and I wish him all the best for the next four years," she said.

But Ms Brooks was disappointed at the number of voters who did not know which division they were in.

"People that aren't aware which division they're in at pre-poll aren't aware of the candidates," she said.

"There's quite a high number of uninformed voters."

The amount of voters in division five on polling day was down on previous elections, Cr Light believed.

He said the heat and strong pre-polling numbers could have turned people away.

Ms Brooks will return to work at Maryborough's Telstra call centre today and would "absolutely not" stand at the next council election.Ms Allen could not be reached for comment.

 

SUNDAY

11AM SUNDAY: The same battle has seen a similar result in the Fraser Coast's northern division with incumbent councillor Rolf Light defeating former councillor Sue Brooks.

In a 2012 election re-match, Cr Light attracted 53% of the vote ahead of Ms Brooks on 28%.

Former Hervey Bay Labor candidate Bernii Allen sat third at 16% with 41% of the roll counted.

Cr Light thanked his supporters for endorsing him to run another four years.

"I'm delighted my hard work was recognised by my constituents," he said.

"I've got to return their confidence in me."

Ms Brooks was disappointed at the number of voters who did not know which division they were in.

"People that aren't aware which division they're in at pre-poll aren't aware of the candidates," she said.

"There's quite a high number of uninformed voters.
 

UPDATE 11PM: Incumbent councillor Rolf Light will be returned to the Fraser Coast Regional Council with 53% of the vote.

Cr Light sits ahead of Sue Brooks on 28% and Bernii Allen on 18%.

"I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the past four years," Cr Light said.

About 40% of the roll has been counted.

2PM UPDATE: Rolf Light is "quietly confident" of a victory in the northern division of the Fraser Coast.

He is receiving positive feedback from the small number of voters who have turned up to cast their vote.

"It's very hot," he said.

"But it's been extremely quite."

I'm at Yarliee State School and I've been here for State and Federal elections and it's very quiet this time."

Cr Light said strong pre-pollling numbers and the heat may be causing the slower crowd.

EARLIER: It is a return to 2012 with Rolf Light's northern division in the eyes of former councillor Sue Brooks.

Ms Brooks is standing against Cr Light after he defeated her in 2012.

Also standing is Bernii Allen.

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For a full list of candidates in all divisions, click here.



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