Mahon Pool at Maroubra Beach May Soon Have Its Own Emergency Response Beacon

Mahon Pool at Maroubra Beach Would Soon Have Its Own Emergency Response Beacon

An Emergency Response Beacon may be installed at Mahon Pool in 2023/2024. The plan was revealed following the unveiling of two ERBs at Little Bay and Malabar beaches.

“The installation of the new beacons can give our community peace of mind, knowing that emergency services can be notified of an incident and help can be on the way quickly,” Dylan Parker, Mayor of Randwick, said last 19 December 2022.

Announced as well are plans to install another ERB at Mahon Pool by 2023 at the earliest.

The Emergency Response Beacons are designed to be operated in remote locations and were built to withstand the elements.  Used at many unpatrolled locations along the NSW coastline, the installation is meant to reduce the emergency response times to incidents, so it is important to have the unit activated only in the event of an emergency situation.

The ERBs are approximately 10 feet tall with each equipped with cameras and a solar panel mounted at the top which powers the unit. It also has an intercom system that’s directly connected to the NSW Surf Lifesaving State Operations Centre 24/7, 365 days a year.

Lifeguard Brad Rope with new Emergency Response Beacon | Photo credit: Facebook / Randwick City Council 

The beacons installed at Little Bay and Malabar beaches are undergoing brief testing and should be working and active in the coming days. The two locations are popular destinations among beachgoers, rock fishers and boat users. 

Council said that across the last three beach seasons (2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22), Little Bay and Malabar Beach, had 10 and 17 emergency callouts, respectively.

Mayor Dylan Parker added that the installation of the ERBs will make a meaningful improvement to beach safety in the area.