Australia

PM announces forestry boost in Tasmania

Scott Morrison has announced the creation of nine forestry hubs during a visit to northern Tasmania. (AAP)

The federal government will create nine forestry hubs across Australia to boost the industry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced in Tasmania.

Nine regional forestry hubs will be created across Australia under a federal government plan to boost the industry.

Scott Morrison made the $12.5 million announcement on Saturday at a forest nursery at Somerset in northwest Tasmania.

"I'm interested in growing more trees and growing more jobs, it's as simple as that," the prime minister said.

Four pilot hubs will be set up in northern Tasmania, NSW, Western Australia and across the South Australia and Victoria border.

"It's a recognition of a region that is strong in forestry, looking at infrastructure needs, employment needs and making sure facilities in place to grow trees," 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.

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

He will open the campaign office of Liberal Bass candidate, Bridget Archer, in Launceston on Saturday afternoon.

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

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