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Men At Work
Pilbara (Photo courtesy of Tourism WA)
What do these rugged types do in their spare time? It is well known that drinking and mateship is considered a big part of the Aussie culture, and the Pilbara men are obviously doing their best to reinforce this way of life.
According to the Department of Health, alcohol consumption in the Pilbara region has generally increased from 17 litres per person (over 15 years of age) in 2000-01 to 22 litres per person in 2004-05.
And let’s face it, we all know what a bunch of rowdy blokes are like when they get together for a few drinks. From 2001-02 to 2007-08, the number of reported crimes in the Pilbara increased by 13%. Property damage accounted for the largest increase of all reported crimes (up by 464, 45%) during this period, while domestic non-aggravated assault showed the largest increase for reported crimes against the person (up by 137, 88%). This may or may not be an indicator of the number of males requiring some female guidance up north.
These high earning, lonely males can also be seen to be moving with the times. In 2006, the Pilbara had a higher proportion of dwellings connected to the Internet than the state as a whole (71% compared with 63%). This was also the case in the use of a broadband connection (76% compared with 64%). One can only suspect that internet dating sites are benefiting from this high level of web traffic.
The number of boats per capita is indicative of another popular pastime in the Pilbara, increasing significantly from an average of 30 boats per 1,000 people in 1991 to 85 boats in 2008. This may be due to a greater number of boating enthusiasts taking advantage of the excellent fishing or perhaps romantic boat cruises?
So if you’re female, single and on the hunt, you might head to the Pilbara where there are a truckload of high earning blokes who require some serious taming.
For more information see Spotlight on the Pilbara <http://www.regionalspotlights.com.au>.
Dr.Misty Lawrie (left) and
Ms. Andrea Attwell,
self proclaimed experts on men.
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