Exmouth District High School will have a shaded area within the next few months.
Gascoyne Minister Tom Stephens has approved a recommendation by the Exmouth Development Trust Fund Advisory Group to allocate up to $100,000 from the fund towards the project.
Mr Stephens said he and Northern Rivers MLA Kevin Leahy had discussed with Education Minister Kay Hallahan during her recent visit to Exmouth the importance of providing a shaded area at the school.
"Mrs Hallahan agreed, and has advised me that the Education Department will contribute up to $100,000 towards the cost of construction," Mr Stephens said.
The Minister said he supported the Advisory Group's recommendation that local people be employed wherever possible during construction, and that additional uses for the shaded area should be explored.
"Such an approach is the cornerstone of the 'Better Government Agreement' recently signed between Premier Carmen Lawrence and local government," he said.
"It is no longer appropriate to construct single-use facilities when consultation during the design stage could allow far greater use of the facility by the community.
"There are a number of sporting and cultural facilities in Exmouth that need upgrading.
"While the trust fund must be used wisely to ensure it achieves its aim of long-term benefit to the Exmouth community, with careful planning it may be possible for the shaded area to incorporate other facilities such as netball courts."
Mr Leahy said he was pleased with Mr Stephens' assurance that consultations between the Education Department, Exmouth Shire, the Building Management Authority and the community would begin immediately.
It was hoped that tenders could be called later this month, so that students and others could benefit from the shaded area as soon as possible.