TWO organisations representing residents and the business sector have now supported the interest-free housing project that recently raised some concern in Riverstone.
Riverstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Michael Vassili, secretary Rosie Bonham, Riverstone Neighbourhood Watch president Paul Hutchinson and resident John Creighton said this after an hour-long meeting with Qartaba Homes Pty Ltd directors, Wajahat Rana, Khurram Jawaid, Kashif Aziz and their lawyer Peter Doukas last Thursday, organised by the Blacktown Sun.
Councillor Alan Pendleton and Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams, who raised concerns in a metropolitan newspaper that the project would lead to a ‘‘Muslim enclave’’, were invited but did not attend.
Mr Rana, the senior director, first said he and the two directors did not belong to any Islamic organisation and that their project is open to all Australians irrespective of religion or race.
He said Qartaba’s interest-free scheme to help young families to own homes was similar to those promoted by major businesses like Harvey Norman.
‘‘We want to help all Australians to own their homes because we know how hard it was for all of us when we came to Australia more than 20 years ago,’’ he said.
‘‘Qartaba housing lots ranging from 400 square metres to 800 square metres are being offered from about $90,000 plus development charges, including a booking deposit of 30 to 35 per cent and a 24- to 30-month interest-free payment plan."
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