Possum Pale Ale gives boost to Ringtail program

Brewhouse Margaret River and Nature Conservation crew members celebrate the success of the Possum Pale Ale. Photo Supplied.
Brewhouse Margaret River and Nature Conservation crew members celebrate the success of the Possum Pale Ale. Photo Supplied.

A collaboration between Nature Conservation Margaret River and the Margaret River Brewhouse over the past few months has seen vital funds raised for the endangered Western Ringtail possum. 

According to the Brewhouse co-owner Ilya Hastings, more than $2,000 was raised for Nature Conservation’s Western Ringtail Possum conservation program through sales of the specially-brewed Possum Pale Ale at the venue during August and September.

Mr Hastings said that in addition to raising funds, sale of Possum Pale Ale provided many opportunities for staff to engage with Brewhouse patrons about the region’s ringtail conservation program and other wildlife values.

Taking care: Western Ringtail Possum. Photo: Steve Castan

Taking care: Western Ringtail Possum. Photo: Steve Castan

”The Margaret River community is very environmentally aware and this provided a great opportunity to chat about what’s happening with our local habitat and how volunteer involvement can help,” Mr Hastings said.

The Margaret River community is very environmentally aware and this provided a great opportunity to chat about what’s happening with our local habitat and how volunteer involvement can help.

Ilya Hastings, Brewhouse Margaret River

“It was a lot of fun, for a really important cause and something which we hope to do every year.

“Many thanks to the Brewhouse patrons who purchased Possum Pale Ale – hard work but somebody’s got to do it!”

Volunteer surveying programs are undertaken across the region to help get a better picture of where ringtails live and how they use the local environment.

Anyone interested in volunteering to assist western ringtail possum conservation should contact Drew McKenzie on 9757 2202 or drew.mckenzie@natureconservation.org.au

The Western Ringtail Possum Conservation Program is jointly funded by the Augusta Margaret River Shire’s Environmental Management Fund and the South West Catchments Council (SWCC)  through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.