PM announces $12.5m forestry boost

“It’s a recognition of a region that is strong in forestry, looking at infrastructure needs, employment needs and making sure facilities are in place to grow trees,” Mr Morrison said.

“This is an exciting day for Tasmania’s forest industry,” Mr Morrison said.

Another five hubs will be created in 2020.

The government plans to add a billion trees to the national plantation industry in the next decade, to meet a growing demand for timber.

Mr Morrison said 52,000 Australians are directly or indirectly employed in the forestry industry, which contributes more than $23 billion annually to the national economy.

“Growing one billion new trees is a huge task,” he said.

“We need the infrastructure, labour and the region selected to achieve that target. We will talk to other forest communities around Australia to identify more sites.”

Mr Morrison is on a two-day visit to Tasmania, a federal Labor stronghold.

Labor hold four federal seats on the island state, with independent Andrew Wilkie holding the fifth.

Mr Morrison opened the campaign office of Liberal Bass candidate, Bridget Archer, in Launceston.

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