REVEALED: Tipping point in deck-clearing council election
WANT to find a corner of Gympie that did not want a new mayor?
The your best bet is to head to the beach, with the coastal division revealed as the lone one to support the re-election of Mick Curran.
Newly released Electoral Commission Queensland booth data from reveals Councillor Glen Hartwig was the beneficiary of a widespread push for change, with a significant chunk of support coming from the regions to the west and north.
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Division 6 (everything west of Bells Bridge and Amamoor Creek) made the most noise, backing Mr Hartwig into the seat with more than 58 per cent of the first vote.
Division 2 (Goomboorian, Gunalda, Curra and Veteran) ran a close second with 56.3 per cent support, and more than half of Divisions 3 (Chatsworth, Gympie city and Gympie North) and 4 (Gympie City, Gympie High and Horseshoe Bend) made Mr Hartwig their top choice.
The Cooloola Coast was the only Division to call for Mr Curran's return.
Out there the former mayor claimed 45 per cent of the first vote, in contrast to only a third of coastal voters supporting Mr Hartwig.
Even this was not clear cut, though: where Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove were clearly favoured Mr Curran, at Rainbow Beach Mr Hartwig enjoyed a slim 2 per cent margin.
Voters were eager to send a message once the polls opened, too.
Of the almost half (45 per cent) of regional voters who prepolled, 52 per cent wanted Mr Hartwig in the top job.
Postal votes also favoured the new mayor; 49 per cent chose Mr Hartwig, 34 per cent Mr Curran.
At a councillor level, Jones Hill likely gave new councillor Warren Polley the victory over former deputy mayor Bob Leitch.
Almost 60 per cent of preference votes in the south Gympie suburb went to Mr Polley, who ultimately claimed the seat by 24 votes.
Back on the coast Jess Milne was the choice of the Rainbow Beach and Cooloola Cove communities, where Mark McDonald was favoured at Tin Can Bay, and among postal, telephone and absentee votes.
Ms Milne, who won the seat by a scant 15 votes, took home 58 per cent of Rainbow Beach's 249 preference votes.
Deputy Mayor Hilary Smerdon, who was returned by the highest margin after preferences, would have romped in even further if it was not for Goomeri, where Mikki Lawson was the preferred first choice at 46 per cent.
Ms Lawson did not clear more than 19 per cent support in any of the other Division 6 booths.
The coast was also one of two regions more preferable to a donkey vote to any of the mayoral candidates; it and the Mary Valley (Division 8) recorded an informal vote rate double the region's average.
Division 4 had the lowest number of invalid mayoral votes.