MacKenzie back as Port Stephens mayor

BRUCE MacKenzie has won Port Stephens’ mayoral race after days of close counting.

Cr MacKenzie had been locked in a tight contest for the role with Geoff Dingle, who is almost certain to return as a Central Ward councillor.

The result was announced this afternoon following a preference count, with the primary vote too close to call.

A Port Stephens Council spokeswoman confirmed Cr MacKenzie had reclaimed the top job by a final margin of 884 votes.

More in tomorrow’s Newcastle Herald.

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