NSW Branch

The NSW Branch is the Australian Water Associations largest branch with over 1500 members. It endeavours to serve its members and others in the Water Industry of NSW by being the leading provider of forums for education and debate of issues in the industry. The NSW Branch holds events to: 

  • Provide networking opportunities 
  • Transfer knowledge to water professionals 
  • Promote water industry affairs 
  • Provide marketing opportunities for corporate members and others 
  • Increase the industry profile in the community 
  • Take active involvement in new water legislation and other matters of importance to the industry
  • Provide specific niche market forums for the industry and members 
  • Promote innovation


For upcoming events, please click here to view the calendar.
To view information on past events click here.

NSW Water Award Winners 2016

AWA Water Professional of the Year Dr Fang Chen, Data61
AWA Young Water Professional of the Year Kathryn Silvester, Sydney Water
AWA Program Innovation Project Lake Macquarie Sports Field Improvement Program, Lake Macquarie City Council
AWA Infrastructure Innovation Project Treating high sugar wastewater – BioGill Operations Pty Ltd
AWA Research Innovation Project Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project, Sydney Water
AWA Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award Rita Henderson, UNSW

Photo Gallery
To see all the photos from the night, please click on the image below.

NSW Heads of Water 2016 photo gallery

Thanks to our sponsors:

 NSW Water Awards Program Sponsor
   NSW Professional of the Year – proudly sponsored by


Committee Meetings

The 2015-17 NSW Branch Committee and NSW Young Water Professionals Committee were elected in July 2015.
Branch Committee Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. If you wish to add items to the Branch agenda please email to nswbranch@awa.asn.au

Member News

Passing of long-time AWA member Sam Samra
Sam Samra has provided outstanding public service having been instrumental in many of the reforms that have led to the marked improvements in the performance of water utilities in regional NSW, for the benefit of its 1.8 million citizens.  
Sam was widely respected in the water industry and within local and state government circles with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the management of water supply and sewerage services in regional NSW.  His immense dedication to provide selfless public service for the benefit of the People of NSW is unsurpassed. Sam started his career with Public Works Department in 1965 as an Engineering trainee and continued on to reform the management of the regional urban water sector in NSW. 
Sam retired on 29th July 2016 after a tireless, passionate and dedicated career spanning over 50 years. Sam was renowned for this enthusiasm, persistence and tenacity in all that he did.
He was heavily involved in delivering key aspects of the NSW Government’s Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program. 
He pioneered the development of the widely respected NSW water supply and sewerage performance monitoring and benchmarking reporting system, a first by any state in the country. 
These reports are highly valued by the Government and the local water utilities and are utilised to improve the efficiency and productivity of the regional local water utilities.
Sam proudly carried the report at every opportunity and boasted the demonstrated achievements towards making NSW number one, including significantly reduced water usage, improved water quality, sound pricing and affordable costs for customers.
One of Sam’s most important professional achievements was his leadership in the development and implementation of the best-practice management framework for water supply and sewerage services in regional NSW. 
Implementation of this framework has enabled good quality, efficient and cost effective delivery of water services in regional NSW. 
Starting young, he dedicated his entire working life to Public Service and the Local Water Utilities and people of regional NSW that he served. Sam loved his work like a hobby and gained great satisfaction from helping people.
He leaves behind a professional legacy of well operated water supply and sewerage services in regional NSW, contributing to economic benefits, sound health and improved quality of life for the residents of regional NSW. 
He was a highly respected voice in water supply and sewerage management in regional NSW.

NSW News
NSW Water Resource Plan Consultation gathers pace- Media Release

NSW State Manager

Rebecca Hage
02 9467 8424 
E nswbranch@awa.asn.au  

Street & Postal Address
Lvl 6, 655 Pacific Hwy,
PO Box 222
St Leonards NSW 1590