Win Finn­ley’s tale

Chinchilla News - - LOCAL LEARNING -

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.

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