Gowing up in Arukgoda, Panadura with his parents being avid supporters of two political parties, young Chandra Daya Bamunusinghe was exposed to a daily dose of opposing political views.
The Sri Lankan-born engineer is currently the Deputy Mayor of the Hume City Council in Victoria. Hume is one of the largest and fastest growing city council areas in Victoria with a population of about 190,000 of which the Sri Lankan population amounts to about 2%, according to Chandra.
“People from 140 different countries, belonging to every faith, speaking different languages live here but people live in harmony. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, colour, or disability,” says Chandra who has been living in the Hume Council area for 25 years.
He received his secondary education at Alubomulla Maha Vidyalaya and then entered the German Technical Training Institute to follow a four year course in Engineering. Then after migrating to Australia he joined the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to follow a diploma in mechanical engineering.
“The law is not tough, but the Rule of Law is implemented,” he stressed adding that the system has no place for corrupt people to come into politics.