Who will win? Preferences distributed in tight mayoral race

THE Fraser Coast election results tell a tale of two towns, each distinctly voting for either one of the top two mayoral candidates.

All votes have been counted but the Electoral Commission of Queensland is still distributing preferences in the tight tussle between challenger and division three councillor Chris Loft and incumbent Gerard O'Connell.

Cr Loft on 19,640 leads by 1386 to Cr O'Connell's 18,264.

Chris Loft declared as mayor of Fraser Coast

While the race is too tight to call, when analysing the votes by divisions it is clear Cr Loft won the Maryborough-based divisions and Cr O'Connell took out Hervey Bay.

"I think I did particularly well in Maryborough," Cr Loft said.

"My best in Maryborough was better than Gerard's best in Hervey Bay."

Cr Loft's best was in his current division three where he secured 46% of the votes.

It was the River Heads, Urangan and Wondunna area of division seven which saw Cr O'Connell score his top score of 39% of the vote.

"They were the stronger areas for me, I think," Cr O'Connell said.

He said the division results did not come as a surprise to him as leading up the election he felt he had stronger support in Hervey Bay.

Cr O'Connell's poorest performance was in Maryborough's division three, only securing 20% of the vote.

It was the inner Hervey Bay area of division nine, which include Pialba, Torquay and Scarness which was Cr Loft's sticking point.

He only managed 24% of the vote in that area.

While the mayoral race slowly moves on, three of the region's 10 divisions officially have new councillors.

The ECQ officially declared division one councillor James Hansen and division five councillor Rolf Light as winners.

George Seymour, who ran unopposed in division 10, was automatically reinstated to the division.

James Hansen
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