Schools, footy on Tas election pitch lists

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Labor's Tasmanian leader Rebecca White has promised mental health workers in all state schools.
Camera IconLabor's Tasmanian leader Rebecca White has promised mental health workers in all state schools. Credit: AAP

Promises for school psychology services and funding footy facilities are among the latest campaign announcements from major parties contesting the Tasmanian election.

Labor leader Rebecca White says if her party wins power it will spend $40 million on placing mental health workers in each of the state's 195 public primary and high schools.

"There are so many young people across Tasmania who need to access the support of those skilled psychologists or social workers and they simply can't wait," Ms White told reporters on Saturday.

Liberal Premier Peter Gutwein stood on the sidelines in Launceston to announce $10 million for improved regional football facilities including lighting and drainage, noting that the spending would help the state take part in Australia's hosting of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

"It will help Tasmania's push to host base camps for international sides during the Women's World Cup in 2023, further helping to showcase Tasmania and inspire women and girls to play the world game," Mr Gutwein said.

The funding will target sites in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.

While the island state is confident of securing an A-League licence, Football Tasmania president Bob Gordon said there needed to be some upgrades.

"At the moment there are no venues in the whole of Tasmania where you can play the high-grade sport that's played by a billion other players in the world," he said.

The incumbent government also revealed plans for an $8 million Events Support and Attractions Fund to help fill the calendar with music festivals, fairs, concerts and sporting events to help attract tourists.

Tasmanians go to the polls on May 1.

"What matters this election is who has got the best policy for our economy and our community," Ms White said.

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