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About McLaren Vale
One of Australia's premier wine growing regions and known for its food, McLaren Vale is a small rural town in the state of South Australia with a tiny population of around the 3,861 mark, but with loads of grapes hanging from vines. Originally 2 villages, the town was established in the 1840s by Irish and British pioneers. McLaren Vale is literally surrounded by vineyards with only one main road into the heart of the city. Special government legislation has been introduced to protect the unique heritage of McLaren Vale preventing the area from ever becoming a suburb of the sprawling city of Adelaide. It's included in the Great Wine Capitals of the World. With the introduction of coworking to this small town, it is giving the locals the chance to stay on the land and escape the hustles and dramas of big city dwelling.
McLaren Vale is no tech hub per se, but it does have its intrepid and creative souls meandering around its grape dripping land. The Australian government has unveiled a new trial visa scheme aimed at fixing Australia's tech talent shortage, which is being hailed as a game changer for the local fast-growing startups. This new "Global Talent Scheme" visa for one year replaces the short-term working visa. It will allow companies who operate in STEM-related fields to hire up to 5 people per year on this visa with applicants being eligible for permanent residency after 3 years. Startups in Australia are celebrating this new support whether they are based in big cities or not.
McLaren Vale is for the intrepid souls who wish to work at their own pace, enjoy the outdoors and who love a glass of wine occasionally, whether it's whilst sitting in their coworking space or in the middle of the vines.
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