Council on the brink of being official with loose ends left

ONLY three of the council divisions are yet to be officially declared but the trio of councillors-elect can sleep easy knowing they are home and hosed.

Only Division 3, Division 5 and Division 9 are to be declared with Kerry Silver, Wayne Wendt and Cr Sheila Ireland all assured of victory.

The preference count in Division 9 was done on Thursday with Cr Ireland in an unassailable lead over challenger Darren Baldwin and just handfuls of votes to be counted.

Preferences in Division 3 and Division 5 will not change the expected outcome.

In Division 3 Ms Silver is on 2693 votes, Jim Dodrill on 2322, followed by Danny Donohue (1948) and Patricia Petersen (1005).

Cr Paul Tully, an election expert, explained the situation facing Ms Silver and Mr Wendt.

"Patricia Petersen will finish fourth and her preferences could put Danny Donohue into second place," he said.

"That means Jim Dodrill would run third but he hasn't allocated preferences, which would mean Kerry would win in her own right.

"If it is the other way around and Patricia Petersen's preferences aren't sufficient to put Donohue into second place, the he would run third.

"But his preferences are going to Kerry Silver."

Either way, Ms Silver is home.

In the case of Division 5, Cr Tully said "Wayne Wendt is just so far ahead on primaries" to make preferences no issue in deciding top spot.

Mr Wendt has 3074 votes with nearest rival Anne Webber way back on 1495.