SNOW has brought joy to the hearts of many locals this week, but Hanging Rock residents now need to put in a lot of hard yakka to clean up the aftermath.
The heavy snowfall has damaged countless trees, sheds, and gardens in the area, particularly on Morrisons Gap Road and Barry Road.
The SES has been on hand to help clear driveways for residents so they could simply enter or leave their homes.
Nundle SES member Nick Bradford and local SES commander for the Peel area, Geoff Hanson, visited a property on Morrisons Gap Road which had a large gum tree blocking the driveway.
Heavy machinery needed to be brought in to remove it, but the pair remained on hand for smaller tasks.
Mr Bradford said it was "amazing" how much snow was still in the area when it fell almost a week ago.
"It's like a one in 20 or 30-year event. [Monday] was my first time up there since the snow, and even I was surprised by how much is still there," he said.
Janet Sandstrom, who lives on Barry Road, said many of the trees on her 1.6 hectare property had lost branches, one small tree was gone, and her well-loved garden had been "pretty smashed" by the snow.
"Our family further up the hill up past Morrisons Gap Road, their garden has been decimated," she said.
"I've got a vegetable garden up the top on the side of the house and it was covered to stop birds eating the plants, but now the whole thing has fallen in.
"That's a task we've got to tackle. We've had a bit of damage but compared to further up we're relatively okay."
Her family rode dirt bikes to take milk up to stranded relatives, who couldn't get out of their gate due to large pine branches which had blocked the way.
Both Ms Sandstrom and Shearers Road resident Dee Humbles were also disappointed with how some visitors had acted in the wintry surroundings.
From travellers jumping property fences, to thrill-seekers snowboarding down hills and litterers throwing fast food packaging out of their cars.
"The road closed signs are there for a reason," Ms Humbles said.
"It's just unbelievable. They're putting themselves in danger as well as others."
Ms Sandstrom said more respect was needed from visitors.
"As far as the locals are concerned, we don't have issues with people seeing the snow, just don't trespass, and take your rubbish home," she told the Leader.
"People need to know that the residents aren't against going up there, but respect their properties and respect their environment."
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