Council to capture Shire’s ‘character’

5 July, 2019Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Council has launched a unique photographic competition asking residents to capture the ‘character’ of the Southern Highlands.

Council’s Coordinator Strategic Land Use Planning, Michael Park explained the aim of the project.

“We all love living and working in the Southern Highlands but it’s often difficult to describe what it is that makes the Shire so special,” he said.

“One re-occurring sentiment we hear is that people love the character of the Southern Highlands.”

“Characteristics may be unique to a particular town or village or they may be universal across the Shire,” Mr Park said.  “It may be the community people relate to, or the landscapes or buildings.”

“Whatever people identify as key characteristics of our Shire – we want to know.”

As part of the competition users will be able to upload their images to a digital map allowing others to view the location where the shot was taken.

Photos can be entered into four different character categories: People, Place, Landscape and Buildings.

“These images will then be used to develop local character statements for our various towns and villages,” Michael added.  “Our aim is to then incorporate these images and statements into future planning documents which will be the subject of further consultation.”

Council’s ‘Capturing Our Character’ photo competition is open to all ages with entries closing 5pm on Friday 16 August 2019.

At the close of the competition entries will be shortlisted with the community invited to vote for their favourite images.

Winners in each of the four categories will receive a $100 Mastercard voucher.

Terms, conditions and entries can be viewed and submitted via Council’s online Community Engagement Hub at

Visitors can also view all the entries and see where the pictures were taken via the Your Say Wingecarribee website.

“We’d really love to see as many entries as possible that show how residents view our Shire and the characteristics they feel make the Southern Highlands so unique.”