Amelia Lorentson is strongly in the mix to serve in the next Noosa Council.
Amelia Lorentson is strongly in the mix to serve in the next Noosa Council.

Strapped in for hi-thrill, slow mo vote tally in Noosa

THIS Noosa Council candidate election count keeps delivering a slow-speed “thrill” ride for those contenders strapped in on the fringes of the all-important sixth placed cut-off to see who serves in the next term of office.

After the latest release of thr Electoral Commission of Queensland returning officer figures to candidates this afternoon, Future Noosa’s Karen Finzel is showing she is up for the fight.

The hinterland candidate has clawed her way back into the final spot on the six, edging out for now at least, Noosa Landcare identity Phil Moran.

As one seasoned campaigner noted with the release of this count: “Karen Finzel back into 6th by a whisker. Only 46 votes between 6th and 8th. Very different trend in this regard between first and second box (of votes counted at the local ECQ office).”

Another candidate said the voting updates was “like watching grass grow”.

Newcomer Amelia Lorentson, who performed strongly at her meet the candidates appearances with her attitude of not taking a backward step in debates, is still firmly in the mix in fourth.

Surfboard making maestro Tom Wegener, another newcomer, looks to be shaping his own career change into public office in fifth.

Cr Joe Jurisevic has made his way up to third at this stage, behind the top placed Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie and Cr Brian Stockwell.

Artist Yanni Van Zinjl is still polling doggedly in eighth place not far out of the six.

Ms Lorentson said there was a long way to go yet in this contest and she said “nothing is guaranteed”.

‘It’s early days yet, and I’m so not 100 per cent confident. I understand how this can just churn. I think the postal vote is interesting.

“So far I’m just really honoured that so many people are supporting me.”

Ms Lorentson may well be getting reward for effort to date as she has worked hard to meet as many voters in the lead up.

“I think every sixth person knows me, I love this community.”

Ms Lorentson said she is not a fence sitter and “if the community needs me I’m going to step up, it’s simple as that for me”.

“I think at the end of all this win or lose for me, I’ve so definitely found my path.”

She said she would in future be aiming to represent the community in whatever capacity possible.

As for her own mindset through these trying voting updates she said: “I’m hitting the water, I’m getting my head space in the ocean. I’m a surfer so I get a lot of solace from it,” she said.

She said she sees fellow contender Mr Wegener out there in the waves doing the same chill out.

The vote count to hand:

Frank Wilkie 9669 8.3%

Brian Stockwell 9221 7.9%

Joe Jurisevic 7963 6.8%

Amelia Lorentson 7467 6.4%

Tom Wegener 7244 6.2%

Karen Finzel 6963 6.0%

Phil Moran 6949 6.0%

Yanni Van Zinjl 6917 5.9%.