A WIRADJURI elder hopes the design of the proposed Estella public school finds ways to keep traditional stories alive, given its close proximity to sacred Indigenous sites.
Uncle James Ingram's comments come in support of the council's push for the state's education department to incorporate Wiradjuri influences in the school's campus once built.
He said the local elders are all willing to assist the department in incorporating their culture into the school, from the design to the school house names.
"I hope the people involved will ... look at incorporating meaningful signage around the school grounds for students, staff, parents and visitors to recognise that the Estella school is a special place," Uncle James said.
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The nearby sites and stories of significance to the Wiradjuri people include the Yindyamarra Reconciliation Hill, the Pomingalarna and Gobbagombalin story, Houlaghans Creek and the Murrumbidgee River.
"It goes towards explaining our beliefs that you walk with honour, you learn with honour and you are more tomorrow than you are today, and more today than you were yesterday," he said.
"If the hints are there for the kids it becomes a regular part of the school ... teaching them these are things that happening in the past, but let's live on with Yindyamarra in our hearts, be good and polite."
In a submission to the state significant development application, Wagga council's city strategy manager Tristan Kell said it was an excellent opportunity to showcase the rich Wiradjuri culture given that Wagga has almost double the state average of First Nations people.
"The department did some really good visioning, which focused on Wiradjuri influences ... I think that is important to follow through," he said.
"What we saw was not the final design, more of a concept. I think it will come out stronger, I am hoping," he said.
The education department's response to the council's feedback outlined the extensive interpretation of Indigenous heritage within the landscape, including native edible planting, gathering circles, use of the Murrumbidgee River colours, as well as a river path that will be in the detailed documentation following approval.