Gympie Regional Council candidate hopefuls Jess Milne and Mark McDonald
Gympie Regional Council candidate hopefuls Jess Milne and Mark McDonald Contributed

UPDATE: Council recount ends uncertainty

UPDATE April 16: JESS Milne has again emerged as the winner of the Division 1 seat following a recount by the Electoral Commission Queensland this morning.

Ms Milne is understood to have won the seat from incumbent Mark McDonald by the same 15 vote margin as originally determined in the first full preference count.

The Division 1 seat is the last in the region to be declared.

6PM Wednesday April 15: JESS Milne's narrow win in Division 1 is being given a second look with the Electoral Commission Queensland to hold a recount tomorrow.

The first count with preferences named Ms Milne the winner over Mark McDonald by 15 votes.

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The coastal seat remains the only one undeclared in the region.

New Gympie Mayor Glen Hartwig.
New Gympie Mayor Glen Hartwig.

Shane Waldock, Bruce Devereaux, Dan Stewart and Warren Polley were officially named winners today, following last week's distribution of preferences.

They join new mayor Glen Hartwig, his divisional replacement Dolly Jensen and returning councillors Hilary Smerdon and Bob Fredman on the overhauled council.

The first council meeting is planned to be held next Thursday, provided the poll is formally declared soon.