Gonsells man gets 2nd Chance to receive his Order of Australia Medal


Bert Lane in his new wheelchair with Trish Page and Louis Doyle from 2nd Chance Op Shop.
Bert Lane in his new wheelchair with Trish Page and Louis Doyle from 2nd Chance Op Shop.

GOSNELLS resident Bert Lane is due to receive his Order of Australia Medal on September 2, but a stroke in December last year has made it hard for him to walk.

He was using an electric wheelchair provided by Fiona Stanley Hospital, but it was only on loan and due to come back last week.

His friend and fellow Gosnells resident Louis Doyle heard this and in his role volunteering for Kelmscott independent charity 2nd Chance Op, he decided to approach the store for help.

“I approached Trish and brought the story the Comment News wrote about him getting his OAM and then they said not a problem, we will buy him one,” Mr Doyle said.

“He specified he wanted this type with bigger wheels.”

Mr Lane said it was a big help, especially when he goes to receive his OAM.

“Even to the Maxi Cab that pulls up in the driveway; I can’t walk to that,” he said.

Mr Doyle and Mr Lane met at a coffee shop in Maddington and the pair are good friends.

Mr Lane served in the army for 26 years as a communicator before moving into various roles in the community.

Along with his work in the Army, he was also president of the Australia Flag Association WA branch for 16 years.