The Lawrence Government is to push ahead with plans to build a new child care centre at Hedland College.
But the project hinged on the success of a State Government application for federal assistance of up to $600,000 for the centre.
Education and Training Minister Kay Hallahan today announced the the State Government would allocate $500,000 in the 1993/94 capital works budget but needed federal assistance because of high North-West building costs.
The Minister said she decided to give the go-ahead for the State contribution following representations from local parliamentarians Tom Helm and Larry Graham.
"There is a strong demand for places at the existing 31-place child care centre, which is a 20-year old transportable building unable to meet future needs," Mrs Hallahan said.
"A new purpose-built facility offering 47 child care places is essential if more parents are to take up further education and training opportunities."
Mrs Hallahan said the centre would cost an estimated $1.13 million because of air conditioning, cyclone proofing and higher local building costs.