Win Finnley’s tale
THE Darling Downs has a new star and his name is Finnley.
The small native fish, an Australian smelt, plays a starring role in Finnley’s Great Escape, a children’s story book written and illustrated by 13 young people aged 8–15 years from the region.
The creation was a combined effort between the Condamine Alliance, Murray-Darling Basin Authority and local author Emma Mactaggart who helped the young authors write and illustrate the book during a three-day intensive workshop.
The book teaches children about the threat that pest fish, Tilapia, poses to local waterways.
Fourteen-year-old author Kirrily Pauli said it was exciting to be part of the project.
“I really enjoyed the creative writing workshop because it was a chance to improve and develop my writing skills as well as learn more about our native fish and what I can do to help this worthy environmental cause,” she said.
Paige Joyce, 10, said the best thing for her was the opportunity to write a story that was both informational and for children.
Finnley’s Great Escape was produced as part of the Northern Basin Tilapia Exclusion Strategy, funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
Chinchilla News will give five lucky readers a copy of the book. Simply fill in the entry form below and drop it in or post it to the Chinchilla News.