The Condamine Alliance, working with 13 local children, have created a new book called ‘Finnley’s Great Escape’ (preview below) which raises awareness about the threat of tilapia to our Murray-Darling Basin rivers. The story book cleverly highlights the problems caused by tilapia in our river system and reinforces the message of having a healthy habitat as a safe home for our native fish. It is a terrific story and I really enjoyed the great illustrations that guide you through Finnley’s adventure. With Christmas coming this is a great one for the children’s Santa sacks!
Finnley’s Great Escape Preview:
Australia’s largest river system, the Murray-Darling Basin, is at great risk of becoming infested with tilapia. Tilapia are considered one of the world’s worst pest fish. They are the cane toads of our waterways and potentially devastating for our rivers and creeks. Our local communities are the frontline to protecting the entire Northern Murray-Darling Basin from tilapia. These young people have taken on a very important task of helping to bring more awareness about the threat of tilapia to our catchment. The story book cleverly highlights the problems caused by tilapia in our river system and reinforces the message of having a healthy habitat as a safe home for our native fish.
“Finnley lives in a beautiful home where the water is clean, the trees are shady and there is plenty of food for everyone. But one day, Finnley and his friends are swept away to a smelly, muddy, toxic shallow far from their home. Soon they realise they are not alone and must find a way to escape what lurks in the murky water. Who will save them? And will they ever return to their beautiful home again?”