Bendigonians have voted in a council that favours an independent review.
Provisional results announced this evening point t a 5-4 split in favour of the review.
Those who have previously supported the review and who were provisionally elected tonight are Helen Leach, Elise Chapman, Peter Cox, Lisa Ruffell and James Williams.
Those provisionally elected who are against the review are Mark Weragoda, Rod Campbell, Rod Fyffe and Barry Lyons.
In all, four new councillors were elected.
The highest profile casualty of the evening was mayor Alec Sandner.
Cr Sandner said he wasn't surprised with the result.
"It was as I expected," he said.
"I was not confident.
"Of the nine candidates no one was preferencing me and I had to get a very high number of first preferences to get in and I didn't."
The other surprise was the distribution of preferences was the provisional election of Barry Lyons in Lockwood Ward and the defeat of George Flack in Eppalock Ward.
Both men were staring down opposite results after the end of the primary vote count.
Rod Campbell, Mark Weragoda and Helen Leach have been provisionally elected in Eppalock Ward.
Cr Alec Sandner was unsuccessful.
The final declaration of the poll will be Monday at 2pm.
In The Lockwood Ward, Rod Fyffe, Elise Chapman and Barry Lyons were provisionally elected.
Peter Cox, Lisa Ruffell and James Williams have been provisionally elected in Whipstick Ward.
Provisionally, Rod Campbell, Mark Weragoda, Helen Leach, Rod Fyffe, Elise Chapman, Barry Lyons, Lisa Ruffell, James Williams and Peter Cox is Greater Bendigo's new council.