THE future make-up of Blacktown Council hangs in the balance, with the possibility the previously Labor-dominated fold could swing to a Liberal majority.
At time of going to press there were seven Labor councillors and six Liberal councillors elected, and two undecided.
The seven Labor councillors are Charlie Lowles and Tony Bleasdale in Ward 5 , Stephen Bali and Edmond Atalla in Ward 4, Susai Benjamin in Ward 3, Leo Kelly in Ward 2, and Alan Pendleton in Ward 1.
The six Liberal councillors are Jaqueline Donaldson in Ward 5, Isabelle White in Ward 4, Karlo Siljeg in Ward 3, Len Robinson and Mark Holmes in Ward 2 and Jess Diaz in Ward 1.
The undecided position in Ward 1 is likely to be filled by either Labor candidate Ron Alder or Liberal candidate Walter Smith. The third councillor to be elected in Ward 3 is likely to be either Kathie Collins or Russ Dickens, both independents.
In Ward 1 the Liberal Party held 46.27 per cent of votes to Labor's 40.13 per cent.
It was a similar story in Ward 2, where the Liberals held 45.66 per cent of counted votes and Labor trailed by nine per cent, with 36.66 per cent of votes.
In Ward 3 the Liberals held 34.29 per cent of votes and the Labor party 29.5 per cent.
The pattern reversed in Wards 4 and 5.
In Ward 4 the Labor Party led with almost 50 per cent of votes to the Liberals' 38.19 per cent, and held another clear majority in Ward 5, with 58.51 per cent of votes.
Sitting mayor and Ward 1 councillor Alan Pendleton said he felt the local community had based their votes on problems for which the council was not responsible.
He said he was concerned the council had been blamed for infrastructure problems that were state government-related, including the removal of Schofields station and poor condition of Schofields Road.
"I was confident that the Labor majority would hold, but that's now in the hands of the community," he said.
"When I first got elected in '95 we only had seven Labor councillors, so it's nothing new.
"I'm just disappointed that voters were influenced by issues beyond the local government's control . . . but we'll wait and see," he said.
Liberal candidates Jess Diaz, Len Robinson and Karlo Siljeg were unavailable for comment.