A SENSE of community has the capacity to embolden people, a former resident told the Australia Day gathering at Murrabit.
The daughter of Kerang residents, Dennis and Tops Greenwood spoke on the theme of this year's Australia Day - "Everybody, Every Story" - interweaving her time growing up in Kerang and involvement in the Murrabit Football and Netball Club before commencing in the Australian Army.
She spoke of the diverse communities she has worked with over the past 22 years in the Army, both in Australia and abroad.
"To experience community, you must be willing to give to community first," she said.
"There are communities out there that have no connection to one another yet will put another's needs before their own in time of need."
Warrant Officer Peirce, a compliance and supply chain manager, said that a community doesn't just happen.
"A community is built on people working together towards a common goal that benefits everyone", she said.
"It's the abundance of self-sacrificing individuals in the Murrabit community that work together towards achieving better outcomes for all that makes Murrabit a special community."
The Lions Club of Murrabit served breakfast to over 150 people at the Australia Day breakfast and celebrations.
Cr Steven Tasker presented Dick Walters as the Gannawarra Citizen of the Year, highlighting the retired citrus grower's broad range of community service roles that spans seven decades both at a local level and through involvement in the irrigation and citrus industries, local sport and the Men's Shed.
Lions president, Lyn Madden said that Warrant Officer Peirce's special words were inspirational and thanked her for sharing her thoughts with the community where she once played netball.