Commodore Graham Sloper. Your dedication to the Australian Navy, to all those who have dedicated their own lives in service to our country and to our community on the Northern Beaches is beyond words.
In the Navy you rose from first joining the Royal Australian Naval College to become Director-General ADF Recruiting and commander of the RAN Air Station and HMAS Albatross, accumulating 39 years of service.
The Navy could not have described you better, Sir: noisy, cheerful and focussed on winning. Forthright and courageous, you are generous and unselfish with everything. Larger than life, you have enriched not only the Navy but also every cause you have thrown your unparalleled energy and devotion behind, never seeking personal acclaim.
The residents of Mackellar are fortunate you decided to settle on the Northern Beaches with your amazing family. If I may mention just two of the many organisations you lead. As president of the Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch and convenor of the iconic Avalon Beach Military Tattoo, you fight for veterans past, present and future.
Commander Sloper, thank you for your service and thank you for your passion and dedication in making this a better place and all of us better people.