UPDATE: SUNDAY 2.30PM
These are the latest figures being reported by the Electoral Commission QLD in the Cairns Regional Council election.
This is Tropic Now's prediction of the city's next council:
Bob Manning (67% of the vote)
Brett Moller (67% of the vote)
Pyne (59% of the vote) - however the gap to John Schilling has narrowed a little
Cathy Zeiger (83% of the vote)
Terry James (Comfortable with 53% of the vote)
This is shaping up as a real stoush as Amy Eden leads Ricthie Bates by just 55 votes with over 44% of the ballots counted.
Kristy Vallely (62% of the vote)
Max O'Halloran (Comfortable with 36% of the vote)
Rhonda Coghlan has edged in front of Ellen Weber by 23 votes with this division going down to the wire. Still a lot of votes to be counted with only 26% of the ballots counted.
Brett Olds romping it in with 86% of the vote.
We will continue to update you as new figures come to hand.
EARLIER: SATURDAY 28TH March
We're calling it first on Tropic Now: Bob Manning has been re-elected Mayor of Cairns - even with a tiny amount of votes counted so far.
Cr Manning has secured 71% of the vote, a landslide in the making despite just 4.62% of the vote counted.
Here's Tropic Now's early prediction of the city's next council:
Eden/Bates - too close to call
On early counting, Division 5 is proving very interesting indeed with sitting councillor Richie Bates and Unity's Amy Eden dead even on 42.68% each in a tight race after 2.5% of votes counted.
Sitting councillor Max O'Halloran is looking good in Division 7, in what was a hotly contested race against Sam Byrd and Jules Steer, among others. O'Halloran is on 39.30% of the vote ahead of Steer on 17.12% and Byrd on 14.92% after 7.12% of the vote count.
Division 1 is likely to be retained by sitting councillor Brett Moller, with a big lead after 7.73% of the vote counted.
Deputy Mayor Terry James is set to retain his position, with a strong lead in Division 4.
Independent candidate Ellen Weber (35%) is leading in Division 8 against Unity candidate Rhonda Coghlan (26%).
Brett Olds is romping it in to retain his spot in Division 9, securing 85% of the vote after 8.8% has been counted.
In Division 2, former councillor and state MP Rob Pyne is ahead of John Schilling.
Unity's Kristy Vallely is slightly ahead in Division 6 - vacated by popular former councillor Linda Cooper.
An upset could be on the cards in the Douglas Shire with incumbent Mayor Julia Leu trailling rival Michael Kerr 56%-44% after 8.07% of the vote count.
On the Tablelands, it's neck and neck for the battle of Mareeba Mayor, with Angela Toppin and Edward (Nipper) Brown evenly split at 50/50 after 12.5% of the vote count.
MORE TO COME...