Social worker Amy Eden has toppled incumbent division five Councillor Richie Bates in the tightest race in the Cairns Local Government election.
While the declaration of the result is yet to be officially made by the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ), Mr Bates has conceded defeat following a recount of votes yesterday.
“While I am no longer the Division 5 representative, I look forward to staying in touch with you all and remaining active in local issues,” he told voters.
“My sincere thanks to friends and community members for your support during the recent campaign and past two terms of Council.”
The ECQ's latest data still has Amy Eden just four votes in front, but Tropic Now understands it doesn't include postal vote results, which have been revealed to the candidates.
Ms Eden has told Tropic Now she’s thrilled to represent division 5.
“It’s exciting, I’m so happy,” she said.
“It was always going to be difficult against the incumbent.
“My biggest thing is I didn’t do it alone, it was a real collective effort which was so nice.
“People I didn’t even know were sharing my posts and going out of their way to volunteer.
“The community was obviously ready for change and I’ve had really lovely messages from community members who’ve reached out.”
Apart from preparing for tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony, Ms Eden has another more personal task to attend to, having promised her children a new couch if she was elected.
“I have an idea of what I want but I haven’t looked yet,” she said.
“I’ve been too busy writing my speech.”
The concession from Mr Bates comes 18 days after ballot day.
Here is the final list for Cairns Regional Council:
Bob Manning - Cairns Unity
Brett Moller - Cairns Unity
Rob Pyne - Independent
Cathy Zeiger - Independent
Terry James - Cairns Unity
Amy Eden (still not officially declared) - Cairns Unity
Kristy Vallely - Cairns Unity
Max O'Halloran (still not declared, but comfortable) - Cairns Unity
Rhonda Coghlan (still not declared, but comfortable) - Cairns Unity
Brett Olds - Independent