NOT HAPPY: Yambience owner Peter Kelly at his store yesterday. Photo: SALLY GORDON.
NOT HAPPY: Yambience owner Peter Kelly at his store yesterday. Photo: SALLY GORDON.

Yambience distances its name from developers

By SALLY GORDON

sally.gordon@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE owner of the Yambience retail outlet is furious that the name of his shop was being used by planners to help promote a proposed redevelopment of the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort.

Peter Kelly, owner of the Coldstream Street gift and music store, spent most of yesterday disassociating his business name from a type of development that he is opposed to.

Mr Kelly said Yambience was in no way connected with the Mitchell Partnership and Mariner Land Limited's proposed makeover of the Blue Dolphin tourist facility.

"That (development) is not something that I would endorse and I'm just livid that my name is being used in brochures, on the front page of The Daily Examiner and on the radio," he said.

"I'm not against development ... but I was born in the town and in the past I have opposed certain developments, trying to keep the town a nice place for everybody to live ... somewhere for families and their kids to grow up."

The retailer said the word 'Yambience' was a registered business name he had devised more than two years ago when he established his shop.

A Lower River businessman, John Batcheldor, this week criticised Sustainable Futures Australia's (SFA) use of 'Yambience' during a recent public consultation meeting on the Blue Dolphin development. SFA also has used the word 'Yambience' in their latest 'Dolphin Blue' newsletter.

Mr Kelly said no-one had sought permission from him to use the word.

"No-one has approached us at all, no-one has asked our permission and that is a registered business name," he said.

A Sydney-based spokesperson for Mariner Land Limited yesterday said planners now had agreed not to use the term Yambience in the future and that the company had not realised the word was also the name of a business.

"No-one here was aware of it (the business) being called that," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also claimed that the term had been developed internally to convey 'the local feel of Yamba'.

Mitchell Partnership's Mark Mitchell said the use of the term 'Yambience' had nothing to do with Mr Kelly's business, but rather alluded to the feel of Yamba.



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