Aruna Chandrala is a community advocate living in Strathfield with her husband. Aruna migrated from India more than 30 years ago and raised two happy children. Community service has always been her passion and she believed from a young age that “only a life living for others is a life worthwhile”.
Aruna worked with several community groups and associations focused on cultural, immigrant, women, religious and subcontinental issues, always in unpaid voluntary roles. She served as President of Sydney Telugu Association and later became President of United India Association (UIA).
Aruna conducted several activities to promote social, cultural and business relationships between Australia with the Indian Subcontinent and Asia in general. She is instrumental in bringing the World Telugu Meet to Sydney, Ganesh festival to Parramatta foreshores and to NSW parliament.
Aruna is serving Labor Party for several years through voluntary work for local MPs and Unions. As a Vice President of Subcontinent Friends of Labor she encourages women empowerment and political participation. She was a nominated Labor candidate for NSW Upper House for 2019 election.
Aruna is passionate about an inclusive society that welcomes first generation migrants and gives everyone a fair go. She believes in better public education, universal health care and socially responsible environmental protection for the benefit of future generations.