It was a stinky Christmas for those living within a kilometre radius of Wombarra rock pool.
Weed removed from the newly-renovated pool was piled high above the high-tide mark and left to rot in the summer sun.
The weed pile was approximately a meter and a half high and ten meters long and because it sits so far from the water, stood little chance of being washed back in.
The stench was so foul, the pool has been empty even on the hottest days, with residents forced to keep windows and doors closed.
Scarborough Wombarra Nippers were twice forced to cancel proficiency at the pool because of the smell.
While it appears some of the weed has gone, a considerable stretch remains, still breaking down in the summer sun.
Despite this, Council will not be removing any more of the weed.
“Council crews removed most of the seaweed around the Wombarra sea pool last week,” says a Council spokesman. “In the past week there has been more seaweed brought in by the tides. Council will now let nature take its course and allow for the tides and decay to remove this seaweed.”