CA sources said that the organisation was exploring various options in a bid to find a long-term solution to their space shortage.
One option being considered is for CA to find another set of offices in a nearby suburb which CA could move into temporarily. CA’s Jolimont real estate could then be renovated before employees return to an improved building better catered for CA’s needs.
A move in the next 12 months is realistic, however a shift interstate is not on the cards, with cricket sources suggesting that it is highly unlikely that CA would leave Melbourne in the foreseeable future.
The ACB had been located at buildings in the Jolimont area for decades before the 2001 move.
The high-performance arm of CA is based at the National Cricket Centre in the Brisbane suburb of Albion, which also houses Queensland Cricket. That centre includes Allan Border Field, which has regularly hosted domestic cricket.
CA’s move would follow several of its state bodies who have shifted in recent years. Cricket Victoria last year moved into its bespoke Citipower Centre facility at Junction Oval, having previously been housed out of offices down the street from CA in Jolimont.
Cricket NSW has also moved from the Moore Park precinct to Homebush Olympic Park.
The Twenty20 World Cup organising committee is also located in Jolimont, around the corner from CA at 128 Jolimont Road – ahead of the dual women’s and men’s tournaments next year.
CA announced an $18.2 million operating surplus last month.
“With a focus on rebuilding trust and improving performance on and off the field, we are pleased to announce another year of strong financial performance,” chief executive Kevin Roberts said at the time of the announcement.
“Looking back on the year, we have certainly had our challenges but I believe the changes we have made and the direction we have taken will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the future of Australian cricket.
“We are energised and well-positioned for another big year ahead. We will continue to work hard to unite and inspire communities through cricket and strive to keep learning and improving as an organisation.”
Daniel is an Age sports reporter