Jetsprint competition is a step closer to returning to Narrogin with the Shire voting in favour of granting Narrogin Jetsprint Club a peppercorn lease for Archibald Park. The final approval lies with Minister for Lands John Carey but supporting documents submitted by NJCI show it hopes to be hosting events at Archibald Park as early as April 2024. The Shire received three submissions during the month-long public submission period with the ecological impact of pumping water from the nearby Railway Dam to raise levels in Archibald Park a key concern. The motion carried by the Shire on November 22 allows NJCI to draw water from Railway Dam so long as the club complies with clauses that protect the ecosystem. NJCI must seek Shire approval before pumping water and the Shire CEO would have “ultimate authority and complete discretion” in granting permission. Approval would be subject to the climate and season, taking into consideration the maintenance of a minimum water level in Railway Dam and the environmental impact of past water transfers. Minimum water levels will be based on the needs of the Railway Dam’s habitat, which will be subject to ongoing monitoring. A replenishment timeline means that water can be pumped from Railway Dam no earlier than three days before an event and must be returned no later than two days after. The Shire and NJCI will be required to monitor and report any negative or positive changes observed when water is taken and returned. The club can hold a maximum of six events a year and a five-year lease between NJCI and the Shire of Narrogin will commence from January 1, 2024.