The Sam Samra Award

The Sam Samra annual Award has been established as a memorial and acknowledgement of the late Sam Samra’s long term contribution, passion and dedication to the water industry. Sam was a great ally of local water utilities in NSW which benefitted from his commitment over a 50 year period.
 

Sam’s legacy is unlikely to be surpassed and it has many aspects. One of the most enduring aspects is performance benchmarking in NSW and on a national level. This award reflects on Sam’s passing and recognises his remarkable work.

Sam was well known for his extensive knowledge and attention to detail and he was highly regarded at the local, state and national levels for his work on performance monitoring and improvement. It is very fitting that the award in his name uses the performance monitoring data to identify the most improved local water utilities over the past 10 years in 4 categories:

  • small ( < 5,000 connected properties) local water utilities, water supply
  • small ( < 5,000 connected properties) local water utilities, sewerage
  • large ( > 5,000 connected properties) local water utilities, water supply
  • large ( > 5,000 connected properties) local water utilities, sewerage
     

Awards will be presented at this year’s LGNSW Water Management Conference dinner at Dubbo on 5 September to the most improved LWU in each of four categories and to the overall most improved LWU. The five winners were determined by rigorous analysis of a decade of data recorded in the NSW Water Supply & Sewerage Performance Monitoring Reports. The data analysis process was developed by DPI Water.

The Sam Samra Award 2017

The Sam Samra Award recognises improvements in best practice service delivery by council local water utilities.

This new annual Award celebrates the late Sam Samra’s achievements in contributing to marked improvements in the performance of local water utilities in regional NSW. The Award is co-sponsored by Local Government NSW, the NSW Water Directorate and the Department of Primary Industries - Water. Sam Samra, a highly regarded public servant in the NSW Government for many years, was instrumental in a range of reforms that contributed to marked improvements in the performance of local water utilities in regional NSW. 

Sam Samra was involved in delivering key aspects of the NSW Government’s Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program. He pioneered and led the development and implementation of the widely respected NSW Government Best Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Framework. The framework helped lift the performance of many local water utilities to a best practice standard. Sam died on 16 August 2016 following a tragic accident.

Finalists and winners of the Award are determined based on an assessment of performance data from the NSW Water Supply and Sewerage Performance Monitoring Report and the NSW Water Supply and Sewerage Benchmarking Report.

The Inaugural Sam Samra Awards were presented at the Local Government NSW Water Management Conference at the Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo on Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

Congratulations to the eight finalists. Nine awards were presented jointly by DPI Water, LGNSW and the Water Directorate as follows:

Most Improved Small Water Supply Service Provider
(Local Water Utility with less than 5,000 connected properties)

The Runner Up in this category is Carrathool Shire Council

The Winner in this category is Coonamble Shire Council



Most Improved Large Water Supply Service Provider
(Local Water Utility with more than 5,000 connected properties)

The Runner Up in this category is Orange City Council

The Winner in this category is Kempsey Shire Council



Most Improved Small Sewerage Service Provider
(Local Water Utility with less than 5,000 connected properties)

The Runner Up in this category is Upper Lachlan Shire Council

The Winner in this category is Gunnedah Shire Council



Most Improved Large Sewerage Service Provider
(Local Water Utility with more than 5,000 connected properties)

The Runner Up in this category is Federation Council

The Winner in this category is Wagga Wagga City Council


Most Improved Water and Sewerage Service Provider of the four above category winners

(Coonamble Shire Council; Kempsey Shire Council; Gunnedah Shire Council and Wagga Wagga City Council):

The 2017 Overall Winner is GUNNEDAH SHIRE COUNCIL

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