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WACA chairman David Williams
Mal Fairclough/WA News WACA chairman David Williams

The proposed multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the WACA Ground has received another setback with the forthcoming departure of one of the architects of the project.

WACA chairman David Williams will end his eventful eight-year involvement with the board by not seeking re-election next year.

His departure will follow that of chief executive Graeme Wood who will leave on December 31 to become State manager of a wine company.

President Dennis Lillee is not expected to seek re-election when his term expires next September.

Williams and Wood have been the WACA's major players in the joint venture with developer Ascot Capital to build commercial and residential towers at the ground.

Their departures, potentially within a few months of each other, suggests that the redevelopment could be delayed for years.

Although the project has received finance, tax office and members approval, the WACA believes adverse market conditions make it unfeasible at present.

"We do not intend to proceed with any sale program or building while the Perth property market remains at current levels," Williams told WACA members in the annual report in September.

Williams confirmed this would be his last year on the WACA board but he is expected to remain until at least the end of the cricket season.

"I want to get the new chief executive bedded down," he said. "I have made no secret of the fact that this will probably be my last year."

The WACA board last month re-elected Williams as chairman while he remains a Cricket Australia director.

A review of Cricket Australia's corporate governance model could see a commission installed, with the traditional State-based delegates being replaced by specialist appointments.

Williams, Wood and Lillee were elected to the WACA board as part of sweeping changes in 2004.

Wood became chief executive three years later following Tony Dodemaide's move back to Melbourne to head Cricket Victoria.

Under the deal with Ascot, the WACA would be liable for costs of up to $2.65 million should the project be cancelled.

The WACA would also have to pay 8 per cent of the increase in the value of the ground - currently about $2 million given a valuation at $48 million - should it be sold or subject to an alternative redevelopment.

Neither option is likely in the foreseeable future.

The potential redevelopment has also been the subject of a dispute between the WACA and the Australian Cricketers Association, with the players' union seeking 26 per cent of the value of the project.

However, the ACA is likely to abandon that claim following access to the project documentation.

Artist's impression of the proposed WACA redevelopment.