Mahon Pool and Ross Jones Memorial Pool Restoration Now Complete

Check out the newly upgraded Mahon Pool and Ross Jones Memorial Pool, completed as part of the Ocean Pool Restoration Program, aimed at updating and repairing pools with damaged coping caused by constant large swells, severe storms, and strong winds.

“After many false starts due to rain, swell, tides – and not to mention more rain! We have finally completed all the repair work at Mahon Pool and Ross Jones Memorial Pool. 🌊✨ Thank you for your patience while we completed these jobs,” Randwick City Council’s social media post last November 2022 reads.

Randwick’s ocean pools are constantly being battered by large swells, severe storms and high winds. In 2019, the Malabar Pool underwent coping restoration but was found to fall short of expectations prompting the council to seek other cementing products that would deliver the desired results.

Mahon Pool and Ross Jones Memorial Pool Restoration Now Complete
Photo credit:  Facebook/ Randwick City Council

Once the suitable product was identified, the council proceeded with repairs at Wylie’s Baths which proved to have delivered excellent results, even after a year of completion. 

Following the successful coping restoration of Wylie’s Baths pool, Randwick City Council undertook a similar upgrade of the three other pools identified as needing restoration work around their outer edge or coping.

 Mahon Pool and Ross Jones Memorial Pool Restoration Now Complete
Photo credit:  Facebook/ Randwick City Council

Malabar, Mahon and Ross Jones Pools then underwent an upgrade and coping restoration as well as additional minor civil works.

These minor civil works include:

  • Malabar Pool – preparation of pit grates, jetting of pump system,  removal of loose materials.
  • Mahon Pool – remove existing hand rail, preparation and installation of new timber posts, removal of existing hand rail and installation of new hand rails, grout repair, removal of loose materials.
  • Ross Jones Pool –  preparation of top of columns and grouting of columns.

All three ocean pools have now been restored.

About Mahon Pool

Mahon rock pool is located north of Maroubra Beach right at the base of Jack Vanny Reserve. It was built in 1935-1936 following a petition presented to Randwick City Council by Alderman Patrick Mahon. 

Mahon Pool has in recent years been the preferred training venue of the Sydney Swans AFL team and other elite athletes.

In 2020, a large bolder slipped into the Mahon pool during wild winter sea storms. The bolder had to be moved and broken up by heavy machinery for visitors to gain safe access again to the pool.

About Ross Jones Memorial Pool

Ross Jones Memorial Pool is situated next to Coogee Surf Life Saving Club. It was built in 1947 and is a popular destination for families and children.

The rock pool is named and dedicated after Roscoe Jones, the Alderman for East Ward from 1934 to 1937.

The Ocean Pool Restoration Program is funded by a $300,000 grant from the federal government.