Two councillors have suggested the majority of residents are more concerned with the basics of local government — rates, roads and rubbish — than a creeping focus on the environment. The first proposed review of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River’s Community Strategic Plan 2036 triggered the remarks from newcomer Cr Brian Daniel and returned Cr Kylie Kennaugh. Cr Daniel referred to a community satisfaction document produced for the Shire by mar-keting agency Markyt, which showed the Shire scored a 53 per cent performance satisfaction result. Cr Daniel noted value for money for council rates, waste collection and other core issues needed the Shire’s focus. There were “other issues than just the conservation and environment issues”, he said. “We are a service-oriented business,” Cr Daniel said. “We offer a service to the community. They are our shareholders.” Echoing Cr Daniel’s remarks, Cr Kennaugh said the Shire was “perceived as being quite heavily weighted towards some things”. “Those community concerns keep coming back to us as councillors,” she said. “People are concerned about the footpaths. They are concerned about their roads,” Cr Kennaugh added. The community strategic plan was developed via a community panel in the lead-up to the 2017 council election. Adopted in October 2017, then-chief executive Gary Evershed noted the addition of three new focus points — climate change, social justice, and technology — were outside the core business of local government and would struggle to attract funding. During last week’s meeting, Cr Naomi Godden – who was involved with consultation prior to election in October 2017, prior to the plan’s adoption – said she was “puzzled” by Cr Daniel’s critique. “It’s certainly not the environment that receives the bulk of the money from the (community strategic) plan,” she said. “I don’t think it’s fair to pick on the environment,” she said. Shire president Ian Earl intervened during Cr Godden’s speaking time, directing her to keep her remarks to the report for consideration. The Shire has increased funding to local environment projects in recent years amid a perceived shortfall in State and Federal Government funding.