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Weapon of choice: How nutrition brand Grenade has exploded into the market

first_img whatsapp Share Tags: Private equity The taste of victory The past decade has been beleaguered by a revolving door of diet and fitness programmes, with crazes like clean eating, Atkins, and the Insanity workout all getting their brief 15 minutes of fame.When I ask the Grenade founders about the fad mentality that is rife in the sector, Juliet blames the way that programmes pigeon-hole themselves. “Low-carb brands like Atkins are too specific, so they can easily go out of fashion. But being a healthy snacking brand means different things to different people, so we have more chance to diversify.”In the early days, some people claimed that Grenade was only a gimmick. But the company has proved critics wrong, sealing two private equity deals in the past four years, and in 2017, it was valued at £72m. Its products are sold in 80 countries around the world, and it saw growth of 48 per cent in the 12 months ending June this year. Eventually the pair want their products to be as common as Cadburys chocolate – a feat which seems entirely plausible if recent growth is anything to go by.Alan suggests that a business is only really a fad when it focuses on just one tiny subdivision within fitness. “The only way that Grenade is going to go away is if consumers stop investing in their health, and that’s just not going to happen. People are more educated about health now. And it’s not about looking good, it’s about feeling good.”Psychological warfareThe founders frequently mention balance throughout the interview – a word which is becoming increasingly important in a world where people seem to fly towards extreme ends of the spectrum. Weapon of choice: How nutrition brand Grenade has exploded into the market Crucially, though, the aim was to create protein-filled bars and shakes that normal people would actually enjoy eating. “We knew that there are good ways to make compromises, without compromising on taste,” says Alan.“Protein bars have been around for 30 years, but the nice-tasting ones were full of sugar, and the low-sugar products tasted terrible. But why can’t it be good for you, and taste nice?”The pair spent two years working with nutritionists and suppliers to make their protein bars taste better (they rejected over 40 batches of Carb Killa bars until they got to the first product they were happy with), and Alan says that this has set the benchmark for their competitors.While it’s now commonplace to see nutrition bars being sold in grocery shops, it’s a trend that has only really emerged in the past few years.The Grenade founders saw huge demand for healthy snacks in America, and they were at the forefront when this trend came to the UK. “We knew everything was moving towards being on-the-go,” says Juliet. “But protein has also become a lot more normalised, especially over the past two years.”Another day another diet whatsapp Grenade is the kind of brand that just appears out of nowhere – you blink and suddenly the products are a staple stock in shops around the country.For those who have somehow missed the craze, Grenade is a food company specialising in healthy snacks – and now you’ve heard the name, you’ll probably start seeing the logo everywhere.center_img Founded by married couple Alan and Juliet Barratt, the company started out as a sports supplement brand in 2010 for people hoping to be strong and lean – think track and field athletes, as opposed to gym-bunny, body-builder types.But as Alan (who has worked in the sports nutrition industry for 28 years) explains, once Grenade supplements had hit number one on best-selling lists, there was nowhere else to go in that market, so they decided to branch out. “The products were being sold at specialist retailers like Holland & Barrett, but we wanted something that we could sell in convenience stores.”The idea was to take the technology that Grenade had perfected on Olympic athletes and military personnel, and transition it – targeting people who don’t necessarily obsess about going to the gym, but who want to eat better, consume more protein, and less sugar.Now that Grenade has moved into the much larger food and beverage sector, it’s reaching a far wider group of health-conscious consumers. Monday 12 November 2018 7:00 am And while there is plenty of debate about exercise obsession and extreme weight loss, the couple stress that their company is about bringing healthy eating into the mainstream.Juliet explains that Grenade looks to educate people, helping them understand how protein fits into a healthy diet, and why it’s beneficial.“We have a credible team of athletes, and we’ve got nutritionists on board as well – it’s all about the sources of whey protein, and how it helps you recover and feel stronger. There is a misconception that protein makes you massive, which needs to be broken down.”While Grenade can’t force people to have a balanced diet, the company is giving consumers more choice – feeding on the psychology of snacking.While it might be healthier to eat a carrot than a chocolate bar, few of us will regularly pick up the former, and Grenade is giving customers the option of something that sits in between (a fudge brownie Carb Killa bar will cost you around £2.50). “We are not trying to get people to change their lives, we are trying to give them a slightly healthier alternative to their everyday drink or snack,” says Juliet.And it’s clearly an option that many consumers are taking up, with 80 per cent of the growth from the UK healthy snacking sector coming from Grenade last year. “You need two things to make business huge: demand and availability – and if you’ve only got one, it doesn’t work,” says Alan.Marriage materialWhen I ask how the couple managed to stay happily married while enduring the stress that comes with building a business, Juliet explains that they have clearly defined roles: Alan is the company’s chief executive, while she focuses on the marketing side of the business.“It’s a combination of the best and the worst,” she says. “We’ve both got the same values, work ethic, and that trust is there. But the worst part is that there is no break, so work tends to spill into home. We haven’t got kids though, so Grenade is our baby.”The pair certainly seem to complement each other, often expanding on or clarifying a point that the other has made. And what Alan, Juliet, and most entrepreneurs have in common is eccentricity – a refusal to fit into a neat little box or to follow the herd.“Conventional people would look at someone like me and think that they’re just being stubborn,” says Alan. “But we refuse to accept what other people think is acceptable.” Katherine Denham by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastScientific MirrorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonScientific MirrorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? 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‘Electric or bust’ for National Grid as it snaps up WPD for £8bn

first_img “From a strategic standpoint, it makes sense as the world shifts away from fossil fuels usage. Not only are homes consuming more, but the boom in electric cars represents an opportunity for NG, and the WPD acquisition puts it one step closer to seizing it.” Thursday 18 March 2021 12:26 pm Analysts said that the firm was trying to take advantage of the growing shift towards electrification and increased need for electricity capacity for the charging of electric cars. Laura Hoy, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown said that the restructuring effectively meant National Grid was pursuing an “electric or bust” policy. “Electricity distribution is expected to see a high level of asset growth as a result of the ongoing energy transition”, the FTSE 100 firm said. Also Read: ‘Electric or bust’ for National Grid as it snaps up Western Power Distribution for £8bn “Full separation would help ensure future decisions on how to manage the energy system are taken in the interests of consumers, helping to keep costs as low as possible.” Through the transactions, the proportion of the Group’s assets in electricity will increase from around 60 per cent currently to about 70 per cent. Share Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter whatsapp National Grid shocked the system this morning when it announced it would buy Western Power Distribution (WPD), the holding company of Britain’s largest electricity distribution business, from US-based company PPL in a £7.8bn deal. whatsapp “These transactions will trengthen National Grid’s long-term growth outlook by ensuring a significant scale position in electricity distribution through the acquisition of WPD, the UK’s largest electricity distribution business. In 2019 the firm span off its Electricity System Operator (ESO) division into a separate entity, but the watchdog said it should go further.center_img More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Shares were flat as of midday, as investors held off on judging the deal. It also announced that it would begin a process of selling off its gas business at the end of the year, as part of a wholesale pivot towards electricity. Earlier this earlier electricity regulator Ofgem released a review into National Grid which said the firm should further separate its grid ownership and distributive networks. “Not only will the deal increase National Grid’s electricity assets, but the group will put its gas business up for sale as well, which will weight its portfolio heavily toward electricity assets”, she said. Also Read: ‘Electric or bust’ for National Grid as it snaps up Western Power Distribution for £8bn ‘Electric or bust’ for National Grid as it snaps up Western Power Distribution for £8bn Michiel Willems and Edward Thicknesse Moreover, National Grid agreed to sell The Narragansett Electric Company (NECO) to PPL Energy Holdings, also a subsidiary of PPL, for an equity value of £2.7bn. Show Comments ▼ The gas sale will be launched in the second half of this year and is expected to complete approximately a year later. “Given the scale of the net zero challenge, Ofgem is recommending government goes further and considers full separation”, it said. Completion of the WPD purchase is expected to occur within the four months and completion of the NECO sale is expected to occur before the end of the first quarter of 2022. Tags: National Gridlast_img read more

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Weather temporarily gives firefighters an edge in Aniak

first_imgPublic Safety | WesternWeather temporarily gives firefighters an edge in AniakJune 27, 2015 by Ben Matheson, KYUK Share:The Chuathbaluk fire was active Friday afternoon. (Photo by Patrica Yaska)Aniak and Chuathbaluk were receiving favorable winds Friday, cutting down on the smoke and fire danger. The fire across the river from Aniak has grown to 27,000 acres.  Bill Wilson is Aniak’s Mayor.“The fire is paralleling on the opposite side of the river of where the runway and town is here. It’s worked its way about halfway down the runway at this point.  You can see it, Most is further off the shore, it’s touched down in a few places at the shoreline. The smoke is thick; it’s blowing toward the Russian Mountains and towards the north more.Two crews are in Aniak to do point protection in the off chance that the fire moves across the river.“With the winds the way they are, there’s no chance of it jumping across unless we had another thunderstorm at this point.”Three flights of at-risk people were evacuated to Bethel Thursday to stay out of the thick smoke. Near Chuathbaluk, the approximately 5,000-acre Mission Creek Fire was 1.3 miles from the old airport and is visible from town. Two hotshot crews are also doing site protection in Chuathbaluk.   There had been discussion of moving a large amount of people to Aniak from Chuathbaluk, but Wilson says there’s no need to at the moment.“We’re still prepared; we have a plan ready, places for people to come. We have food and boats to run there.  Until there’s a more imminent threat, they’re going to stay put and hold their homes.”Francis Mitchell is with the state Division of Forestry. He says farther upriver, the Red Devil fire has been threatened the community.“Late yesterday, the fire got within 1,000 feet of the village; there were a couple air tanker drops of retardant drops in that knocked it down pretty well. There are fire fighters in there, two crews.”Forty-eight people are working to protect Red Devil.  Three crews’ members are in Crooked Creek, which has been prepared for site protection. Others crews are making a fire line around Lime Village.Closer to Bethel, a 1,000 acre fire is burning southeast of Kwethluk, but officials say nothing is at risk now.  This weekend, firefighters might get a little break from the weather.“At least swaths of rain, not big rain, not putting out fire rain, but dampening down fire type of rain, maybe in that lime village and middle Kuskokwim area. Rain will help in several places, but it’s probably not going to last long, as far as we’re being told.”More than 230,000 acres have burned in Southwest Alaska. There are 78 active fires in the region and 317 statewide.Share this story:last_img read more

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Homer city manager to be Juneau’s new public works and engineering director

first_imgJuneau | Local GovernmentHomer city manager to be Juneau’s new public works and engineering directorDecember 9, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:A group walks in front of Juneau City Hall on May 10, 2016, in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)The City and Borough of Juneau is getting a new director of public works and engineering soon, by way of Homer.Former Director Mike Vigue retired earlier this month. The city named Katie Koester as his replacement in an announcement Monday.Koester has been the city manager of Homer since 2015, overseeing daily and long-term operations of all of the city’s departments.Vigue took over the Public Works Department less than two years ago. His last day was on Friday.Koester’s start date has not yet been determined. Share this story:last_img read more

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US inflation up on food costs

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Share Joseph Millis Wednesday 22 October 2014 8:39 pm Tags: NULL US CONSUMER prices rose margin­ally in September, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while.The Labor Department said yest­erday its Consumer Price Ind­ex edged up 0.1 per cent last month as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a decline in energy prices.Meanwhile, AT&T said that its quarterly revenue rose 2.5 per cent to $33bn from $32.2bn in the year-ago quarter – less than Wall Street expected. US inflation up on food costs Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

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People / Ronaldo Fernandes da Silva new Brazil country manager at FM Logistic

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 14/01/2019 French logistics and transport services provider FM Logistic has appointed Ronaldo Fernandes da Silva (pictured above) as its new country managing director for Brazil.Mr Fernandes da Silva joins from the Brazilian subsidiary of Geodis, where he has been its managing director of contract logistics covering Brazil and Chile since 2013.He has over 20 years’ experience in the international and domestic logistics and transport industries, having held posts as operations director at AGV Logística and smaller Golden Cargo in Brazil from 2009.From 2000 to 2009, he held various business development management roles at DHL Supply Chain, where he successfully negotiated contracts with blue-chip companies in the automotive, technology, consumer, retail and healthcare sectors.He was trained in the US and began his career as an industrial engineer at the aluminium firm Alcoa.“Ronaldo brings a combination of operational expertise, commercial acumen, strategic thinking and people management skills. He will be instrumental in consolidating FM Logistic’s growth in the exciting yet challenging Brazilian logistics market,” said FM Logistic chief executive Jean-Christophe Machet.The company began operations in Brazil in 2013 and currently operates five logistics platforms and employs close to 1,000 people in the country offering warehouse and co-packing services to a range of national and international companies in the retail, food, consumer goods and perfume/cosmetics sectors.last_img read more

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Amid a competitor’s struggles, a startup with a fraction of its funding takes on ‘digital pills’

first_img Alex Hogan/STAT Amid a competitor’s struggles, a startup with a fraction of its funding takes on ‘digital pills’ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Health Tech Log In | Learn More By Rebecca Robbins Jan. 22, 2020 Reprints A version of this story appeared in STAT’s Health Tech newsletter. Click here to subscribe.SAN FRANCISCO — There are numerous startups trying to help patients better adhere to their medication regimens, whether by developing smart pill bottles, devising monitoring systems for clinical trials, or asking patients to take selfies as they swallow a pill. But there appear to be only two companies tackling the issue with sensor technology to track when pills get ingested — with the goal of improving their outcomes. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What is it? What’s included? Tags financialjpmmedical technologypharmaceuticalsSTAT+ GET STARTED Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDlast_img read more

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Range of swimming lessons now available in Portarlington Leisure Centre

first_img From toddlers to older children and adults to wannabe lifeguards, there is something for everyone in Portarlington Leisure Centre this autumn as their swimming lessons get underway again.Child Swimming LessonsStarting on September 9 and running for 10 weeks until November 17, these cater for Little Swimmers to 6, Lanes and Rookies.The cost is €90 and there is a 20% sibling discount. Twitter Facebook Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, September 12, 2019Next articleTwo Laois club footballers to appear on TG4’s Underdogs programme LaoisToday Reporter Adult Swimming LessonsThis is a five-week course starting on Wednesday, September 11, at 7.45pm. The cost for the five weeks is €50.If you would like further information on any of these classes, contact Portarlington Leisure Centre on 057 8645800.SEE ALSO – Praise, plaudits and profits for Portarlington Swimming Pool TAGSPortarlington Leisure Centre Range of swimming lessons now available in Portarlington Leisure Centre Home Sponsored Range of swimming lessons now available in Portarlington Leisure Centre Sponsored Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest GAA GAA GAA center_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rookie LifeguardFancy becoming a lifeguard? The Rookie Lifeguard course starts on Wednesday, September 11, and runs from 5.55pm to 6.55pm.This is a 10-week course and costs €90. There is a 20% sibling discount here where applicable.Parent and Baby Swimming ClassTeach your kids the joy of water. This is for 0-3 years and is every Thursday for five weeks at 9.30am, starting from September 12. Lanes Lane Swimming Lessons starts on Friday, September 13, at 6.30pm.This is a 10-week course and costs €75. A sibling discount also applies. WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th September 2019 Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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Ontario court rules against CIBC in overtime class action lawsuit

first_imgLaw concept - Law book with a wooden judges gavel on table in a courtroom or law enforcement office 123RF Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC Universal life policies can’t be used for unlimited deposits, appeal court rules Plaintiff lawyers say Belobaba said in reasons released today that the Toronto-based bank was “careless and indifferent, indeed negligent” about its obligation to comply with the requirements of the Canada Labour Code.He says the bank should have known better and has legal staff to advise it of requirements but the bank “dropped the ball.”The case filed in 2007 was the first class-action brought in Canada against the overtime policies of a major Canadian corporation. The Court of Appeal for Ontario certified in 2012 the lawsuit as a class action.Specific damages owing to employees have not yet been determined. CIBC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in an overtime class-action lawsuit filed more than a decade ago.Judge Edward Belobaba found the bank liable for breaching its overtime obligations to a class of about 31,000 current and former tellers, personal bankers and other front-line workers in branches across Canada. Keywords LawsuitsCompanies CIBC Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says Canadian Press last_img read more

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Community meetings in-person and online

first_imgCommunity meetings in-person and online Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council will update residents on a range of projects and initiatives, both online and in-person, at community meetings in Braidwood, Bungendore and Queanbeyan during May.Following online-only community meetings in 2020, Council is welcoming residents back to face-to-face meetings in 2021, however given the size of venues there are some restrictions on numbers. To ensure that all residents can still engage, Council will continue to provide online participation.“Even though the numbers of attendees will be restricted, it is fantastic to be able to have face-to-face community meetings again,” Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.“I look forward to hearing from the community and discussing our many projects in an open setting. We will also have Zoom participants in the meetings to reflect the blend of online and in person communication we are now accustomed to.”The agendas are tailored to each community meeting and include time for Council presentations on general matters, local projects and questions from residents. Topics include the draft Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Fees and Charges, Local Government Elections, Nerriga Road and the Bungendore Playground.Online and face-to-face participants must register before attending the meetings. The Eventbrite for each location includes an in-person and online attendance option and the confirmation email will include either details about the in-person event or information about when the Zoom link will be sent for that location. Residents can also contact Council’s Communications team on 1300 735 025 for assistance with registering.Bungendore 6-8pm 4 May Council Chambers bit.ly/BND4MAYBraidwood 6-8pm 11 May Servicemens Club bit.ly/BWD11MAYQueanbeyan 6-8pm 20 May Council Chambers bit.ly/QBN20MAY /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Braidwood, Bungendore, communications, community, council, election, email, Government, Internet, local council, Local Government, Nerriga, New South Wales, online, participants, queanbeyan, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, revenue, Zoomlast_img read more