IT’S on a knife-edge and it’s certain that the result in the Coastal Promontory Ward election for the South Gippsland Shire Council will go to preferences.

In the count of first preference votes on Friday morning, November 5, three candidates have emerged as the front-runners; Foster North farmer and relative newcomer Scott Rae 1071, former South Gippsland Councillor from Foster Mohya Davies 1005 and Venus Bay project leader and environmentalist Sarah Gilligan 979.

Should Ms Gilligan continue to poll well, she is likely to benefit from the preferences of other ‘green’ candidates who have also polled well.

On the second line of voting are another Venus Bay resident David Liebelt, 706, who was the former owner of the Venus Bay General store, young Greens candidate Mat Morgan 685 and former lecturer and teacher, Sue Plowright of Toora 667.

Another local teacher Anda Banikos has received 287 first preference votes to date.

However, while the result in the election will come down to an exhaustive allocation of preferences, it seems certain that there will be at least one ‘green’ candidate elected who can take climate change action further on the South Gippsland Council.

Those in the running have so far declined to comment on the vote count which is unlikely to be decided until the middle of next week.

Vote counting will commence in the Strzelecki Ward this afternoon.

Coastal Promontory (75% of first preferences)

* Scott Rae……… 1071

* Mohya Davies.. 1005

* David Liebel…. 706

* Anda Banikos… 287

* Mat Morgan…… 685

* Sue Plowright… 667

* Sarah Gilligan… 979

Total…………….. 5400