Married for 44 years with eight children and 11 grandchildren, Chandra and his family operated motels in Coffs Harbour and Eden. A hard worker all his life, Chandra has also been employed in the insurance industry, as a salesman, on the railways, as bowser attendant and in property development.

He has lived locally since migrating to Australia in 1991 from Fiji, where he held senior banking positions and executive roles with the Apex and Rotary clubs.