Melbourne, Aug 18: With men outnumbering women in Australia's Mount Isa city, Mayor John Molony has come up with a unique solution to the severe female drought - inviting ugly girls.
He said that such a situation offers a perfect condition for "ugly ducklings" to flourish into beautiful swans, and find true happiness in the Isa.
"May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa," News.com.au quoted him as saying
"Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face. Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness.
"Often those who are beauty-disadvantaged are uphappy with their lot.
"Some, in other places in Australia, need to proceed to Mount Isa where happiness awaits.
"And, really, beauty is only skin deep. Isn't there a fairy tale about an ugly duckling that evolves into a beautiful swan?" he added.
In 2006 there were just 819 females aged 20-24 living in town, compared with 994 in 1996.