The Gascoyne Development Commission will work on proposals to build a new tourist centre and office complex for Exmouth.
Gascoyne Minister Tom Stephens has asked the GDC to help the Shire of Exmouth review various proposals for the project and conduct a community consultation process.
Mr Stephens said the Exmouth trust fund committee had received several suggestions from residents for a new centre with space for the tourist bureau, the GDC, CALM and other Government agencies.
"One suggestion was that income from office rentals could be used to fund the tourist bureau and reduce its dependence on the Shire for financial support," he said.
"The Shire has had plans under consideration for 12 years to improve the shopping centre and build a cultural centre incorporating a museum, library, tourist bureau, Shire offices and other office space.
"Stage one of the shopping centre improvement plan has been completed, and the Shire has asked the trust fund to consider funding the rest of the development.
"It is now time to consider all the proposals for further development and develop a plan and a submission for funding, in consultation with the people of Exmouth."
Mr Stephens said he had asked the acting Director of the GDC, Kieran Kinsella, to open public discussion of the issue by chairing a public meeting in Exmouth as soon as possible.