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Farmers and single-mums are just some of the people who are finding it challenging to date in regional and rural parts of the New England North West.

New South Wales Young Farmers Chair Josh Gilbert even crossed oceans in search of love last year by entering the New Zealand Rural Bachelor of the Year Competition. He was unsuccessful but not willing to give up.

"I think one of the biggest problems is having access to ways to meet new people. Just recently I read that that's one of the biggest impacts of social inclusion, there's a direct impact on transportation and having that social interaction with other people. I think having that ability to meet new people and certainly have access to services and places to catch up is a big problem for regional and remote communities and obviously that has, not just impacts for dating but also mental health impacts long term" he says.

Cotton farmer Tom Witts says there is a very limited number of events each year where young farmers like himself can meet women.

"Well there are horseraces and like, New Years and Easter I guess. Those are good times to get with young single women" he says.

Bachelor and Spinster Balls are becoming less common these days and young farmers are turning to online dating websites and phone apps to find love.

New South Wales Young Farmers Chair Josh Gilbert thinks that dating sites are a good avenue for those looking for love in rural and remote areas.

"I think it's a great opportunity especially for young farmers and people living in rural and remote areas to just hop online. I do believe that there's still some stigma around those online portals but I think that long term that will slowly decrease and finding love online will be a new norm" he says.

Some dating apps are based on a location radius which makes even online dating difficult in smaller communities. Armidale single-mum Christine was matched with a work colleague.

"It can be a bit confronting, you go, oh wow it is a really small world because, you know, there's the person that delivers to work...it has happened. We've never spoken about it," Christine recalls.

She has tried 3 different dating sites, two international ones and an Australian site. She found these to be very restrictive in terms of not being able to browse potential partners.

"After a couple of months of sending me a couple of matches every morning, and not getting anywhere with those, they decided to start sending me women, and told me I needed to broaden my horizons. I am an open sort of person, just not that open" she says.

Although online dating has not worked for her, Christine says one of her friends found her perfect match online last year and that people she works with have found their husbands and wives online.

Christine might not have been looking for same sex relationships, but that's a whole other issue when it comes to looking for love in the country according to Amanda, a lesbian mother.

"It's quite hard, we don't have clubs that we can actually go to and meet new people, or people like ourselves. In the city I find that there are quite a few different ones there" she says.

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/06/09/4251677.htm