In 1999 Taigum State School and the Nooonga Reconciliation Group worked co-operatively to establish the Reconciliation Learnscape to provide opportunities for children and adults to learn more about Indigenous history and culture in a unique and inspiring environment.
This 300 metre precinct now incorporates bush food, bush medicine and other useful species and has a system of paths interlinking learning circles (outdoor classrooms), a chain of waterholes, and an outdoor performance space.
A special feature of the Learnscape is two Recognition Spaces, which are Noonga’s and the Taigum community’s tribute to two extraordinary local Murri people ” Aunty Ruth Hegarty and Uncle “Stan” McBride (deceased). Aboriginal artist Mayrah Dreise worked with Taigum and Kenilworth school students to create two art installations ” slumped glass and ceramic tiles ” that tell the story of Aunty Ruth’s and Uncle Stan’s life and achievements. Although Uncle McBride's tribute still stands, the dedication to Aunty Ruth Hegarty was destroyed soon after installation. We proudly acknowledge both of these extraordinary people in our website.