Council wins state water award

Community life - 12 September 2017

Kempsey Shire Council has won a 2017 inaugural Sam Samra Award in the category of Water Supply Services - Large Local Water Utilities (LWU).

The award recognises improvements in best practice service delivery by council local water utilities in New South Wales.

Council’s Manager Water Process, Bala Vigneswaran, accepted the award on behalf of council at the 2017 Water Management Conference in Dubbo on September 5.

Finalists and winners of the Award were determined following an assessment of performance data from the annual NSW Water Supply and Sewerage Performance Monitoring Report over the last ten years.

Council’s Acting Director of Operations, Robert Scott, said the award is fitting recognition for council staff.

“This award is something you can’t apply for so it is encouraging to know that the improvements we have made across our water and sewer operations over a long period of time have been noticed,” Mr Scott said.  

“It reflects on the dedicated staff that we have in water and sewer teams at Council who deliver the service to the community as well as the teams that support and enable this service across the board.”

This new award celebrates the late Sam Samra - a highly regarded public servant who was instrumental in a range of reforms that contributed to marked improvements in the performance of local water utilities in regional NSW

“Mr Samra recognised the unique challenges facing council water utilities in regional NSW,” Mr Scott said.

“Over the years, he provided considerable advice and guidance to Kempsey Shire Council. He was particularly supportive in helping Council successfully secure a $6.6m grant to sewer Stuarts Point.”

The Award is co-sponsored by Local Government NSW, the NSW Water Directorate and the Department of Primary Industries - Water.

Manager Water Process, Bala VigneswaranCouncil’s Manager Water Process, Bala Vigneswaran, accepted the award at the 2017 Water Management Conference in Dubbo last week