Fraser Coast councillor Darren Everard gets comfortable on one his former lecture chairs in the lead-up to Business on the Couch at USQ.
Fraser Coast councillor Darren Everard gets comfortable on one his former lecture chairs in the lead-up to Business on the Couch at USQ. Photographer: Jocelyn Watts

Past student returns to USQ for Business on the Couch

FRASER Coast Councillor Darren Everard will feel at home in USQ's lecture room on Wednesday, July 24. 

But instead of sitting on a student's chair, however, the mature-age learner will be lounging on a sofa brought in especially for Business on the Couch.

The former Hervey Bay butcher, international meat consultant, business advisor and USQ Fraser Coast student will facilitate Business on the Couch, one of the many activities being held during the Business Festival running throughout July and organised by Fraser Coast Opportunities.

Cr Everard said he had fond memories of studying for his Masters of Professional Studies at USQ Fraser Coast is now excited to be passing on tips about his business experiences in one of his former lecture rooms.  

"I didn't finish Year 10 and despite running butchery for almost 13 years, I didn't think I was educated enough so did a Masters of Professional Studies and graduated in 2009."

USQ Fraser Coast campus executive manager Brett Langabeer welcomed back Cr Everard.

"Darren is an excellent example of someone who has formalised his experience and industry knowledge through higher education to attain even greater heights in his professional standing," he said.

Cr Everard said Business on the Couch was about successful Fraser Coast operators sharing their stories.

"The evening will feature realistic business information from people who have a proven track record in business such as Jason Barrie from Sexie Coffee, Jodie Berkout from the award-winning Pie and Pastry Paradise, Brett McCann from Bozmac, who has attracted international attention, and Frank Geal from HBW Foodservice.

He said the event would offer something to all business operators whether they had a long-established or new business and for people planning to start a business.

"It can be very lonely for the small business owners and at times they may not know where to turn for advice," Cr Everard said.

"The aim of Business on the Couch is to give businesses insights in where they can turn or new ideas to try, especially when the times get tough and things start to go wrong."

The event is free but bookings are essential and can be made on the Fraser Coast Opportunities website

Fraser Coast Opportunities is the new entity formed by the regional council to promote economic development, investment opportunities, events and tourism across the Fraser Coast.


  • Where: USQ Fraser Coast, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay, Room B104
  • When: 6-8pm, Wednesday July 24

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