Bravehearts offered cash splash

A GIANT dancing lion could take to the road in a bid to help reduce child sex assaults across Tasmania if the Liberals are elected this month.

The Liberals yesterday promised $800,000 to run a Bravehearts program in schools, featuring the child protection group's mascot, Ditto.

The promise would deliver $200,000 a year over four years to so Bravehearts could implement its student safety program.

The  program is based on educating, empowering and protecting children.Bravehearts Tasmania deputy chairman Stephen Noone said one in five children were likely to be abused, with the prime age group being three to eight years.

He said the program, could halve that abuse rate.

The Liberals also announced:

 $50,000 a year over two years for an after-hours crisis service for adult survivors of child sexual assault, provided in part by Laurel House.

 $24,000 for training and resources for health staff about the impact of sexual assault.

 $300,000 to build footpaths at Blackstone Heights.

 $200,000 to the Launceston United Soccer and Sports Club to finish its clubroom.

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