Brad Wheat is in the minority but he’s not complaining – he’s 30, single and lives in Grafton.
Brad Wheat is in the minority but he’s not complaining – he’s 30, single and lives in Grafton. Adam Hourigan

Clarence Valley's man drought

STATISTICS from the 2006 Census have confirmed what single Grafton women have known for years – there ain’t enough blokes to choose from.

The figures illustrated in the graph below show there are 80 single men to every 100 single women and a total of 607 single people in the 30-39 age bracket.

The Daily Examiner could not find a single 30-something woman to be publicly quoted on the issue although several in the demographic complained about the lack of “quality” men without “baggage”.

One woman wrote on a Facebook discussion: “I don’t think there is a man-drought, just an overload of women who keep screwing them over so they are too scared to commit to anyone else.”

Ex-Graftonian Fiona Doyle, who is now happily engaged and living in Tamworth, said there had always been a man-drought in Grafton as far back as she could remember.

“That place has noooo men at all ... actually my first real relationship in that town was with a contractor who was visiting from out of town,” she said.

Brad Wheat, 30, of Grafton has recently become single after an amicable break-up.

He said he was looking for a girlfriend but, despite the numbers in his favour, one was difficult to find in Grafton because of the overall shortage of singles.

Regarding the sentiment of several single 30-something females that many men in his age bracket were “damaged goods”, Mr Wheat said life got more complicated as people got older ... for men and women.

“It’s rare that a woman gets to 30 and hasn’t been scarred at least once,” Mr Wheat said before explaining that he had had his heart broken in the past.

“It hits your self-esteem hard and causes depression ... it contributed to me leaving there (Bathurst)."



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