Forestry Hub comes to the Territory
SENATOR THE HON. JONNO DUNIAM
ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
SENATOR Dr SAM MCMAHON
COUNTRY LIBERAL PARTY SENATOR FOR NORTHERN TERRITORY
4 June 2021
A Regional Forestry Hub will be established in the Northern Territory, thanks to the Morrison Government’s $10 million contribution over four years for two new hubs and ongoing support for nine existing hubs.
Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the announcement was a chance for the Northern Territory’s forestry industry to be supported and grow.
“The Northern Territory hub will work with the forestry industry, stakeholders, as well as state and local governments to support innovation and growth for forestry industries,” Senator McMahon said.
“This will include measures like identifying new plantation opportunities, making sure the right trees are planted in the right places, and adding value to existing infrastructure.
“When industry thrives, so do our communities. These hubs will also look at the best ways to maximise community participation while still adding value to our wood and fibre industries.”
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the Northern Territory was an area with high potential for forest industry growth.
“These hubs support innovation and growth in the forestry sector, which will provide the wood and forest products that Australians will use now and into the future,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
“I have had discussions with industry representatives from the Northern Territory on the great potential for forestry in the region and look forward to hearing from the industry as the hub develops.
“The Australian Government is committed to working with the forest industry to help them achieve their goal of planting a billion new plantation trees over the next decade.
“This will deliver a stronger industry, and stronger regional communities.
“The Australian agricultural industry has a growth target of becoming a $100 billion sector by 2030, and the Australian Government has committed to doing our bit to help industry achieve the Ag2030 goal.”
The Regional Forestry Hubs were established through the 2018 National Forest Industries Plan.
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