17 March 2023

Bookham farmer wants a wife - and he's going on TV to find her

| Sally Hopman
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Do you like flannies, kelpies, and horses? Bookham farmer Matt Young is looking for a wife – on national television. Fans of flannelette shirts and farm animals are encouraged to apply. Photo: Channel 7.

He loves his family, rescues cute calves, enjoys baking and is looking for Ms Right – how could you not fall for Bookham’s Matt Young – the closest bloke Canberra has on The Farmer Wants A Wife?

With the hit Channel 7 reality show set to mosey back onto our screens soon, meet 23-year-old Matt who wants someone with whom to share his bucolically blissful life.

Matt is a fifth-generation farmer from Bookham, a tiny rural hamlet about half an hour’s drive from Yass off the Hume Highway. Formerly known as Bogolong, it was, until now, equally well-known for its two historic granite churches and pretty cricket ground complete with white picket fence.

At last census count Bookham’s population was 161, but if Matt meets the one on the TV show, hopes are high that the village population could be on the rise.

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Introducing himself to potential partners prior to the show airing, Matt showed off his skills as a true-blue man of the land: using a chainsaw without losing any of his digits, having his dogs come back to him with a single whistle, wearing a flannie and proving himself not averse to using the words “warm and fuzzy”.

As the youngest farmer on the latest series of Farmer Wants A Wife, Matt describes himself as “an outgoing, genuine down-to-earth guy. Hard-working, light-hearted, efficient and approachable … loves to cook and clean”.

He’s also “a hopeless romantic”, “would make an excellent trivia partner as I know lots of random facts”, and is “well travelled, with lots of stories to tell”.

He is looking for a woman aged between 21 and 27, who has integrity, communicates openly and is self-confident.

“I am an honest and open communicator and will discuss what’s on my mind as well as listening to what’s on yours,” he said.

What’s the most romantic date he’s ever had?

“I put together a light-hearted and fun-filled day of exploring chocolate factories, haunted houses and cute walks.”

Yes, Matt is looking for love, “that warm fuzzy feeling”, but he reckons it’s best to continue to live life, not sit around waiting for that woman to ride up to the farm gate on a white horse – although that would probably not be a bad option.

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“Love can hit you in the face when you least expect it,” he said. “But that’s the most exciting thing about it.”

His perfect partner would be “someone who is always down to spend time with me and is happy with the busy aspects of farm life”.

And what about kids?

“Yes, eventually,” he said. “I would like to have children, however I feel like waiting until marriage is important – with the right person it could be three to four years.”

So what was his message to women potentially keen to meet him?

“It would be a fun experience,” he said. “With the opportunity and benefit of meeting a genuine guy looking for a connection, can’t wait to meet you all.”

Farmer Wants A Wife is scheduled to screen later this year on the 7 network.

Original Article published by Sally Hopman on About Regional.

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Rebecca Calgaro1:38 pm 20 Mar 23

Ryan Jones is also a Canberra (Queanbeyan) local lad who works on the farm in Cootamundra, who will be on this season.

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