About The Bulli & Clifton Times

THIS year (2022) marks a decade since the launch of The Bulli & Clifton Times online news site.

The blog style news, information and opinion site was launched in February 2012 as a not-for-profit initiative, which we hope will gain the support of writers, reporters and readers living and working in the stretch of coast line from Wollongong, north to the Royal National Park.

With more than 30 years of experience as a newspaper journalist, I will be aiming at bringing readers a fair, interesting and unbiased look at news and information in the northern districts of the Illawarra.

The Bulli & Clifton Times welcomes contributions from community and sporting groups for inclusion. The Times also is looking for voluntary correspondents to contribute photos, news and information from suburbs and villages of Wollongong’s north.

If you have a story, media release, news or images for inclusion in The Bulli Times (with suitable acknowledgement) email thebullitimes@gmail.com.

– Mick Roberts, editor.

About Mick Roberts

Mick Roberts is a newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, specialising in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the hotel and liquor industry. Since 1987, Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia, with a focus on Sydney and the Illawarra regions.

Mick is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. He has managed several community newspapers, and was editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader, Corrimal Post and The Local – all community newspapers that have operated in the northern suburbs of Wollongong.

As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Weston Newspaper Group, Southern Independent Publishers, and Torch Publications.

Mick’s other online sites include Looking Back  (Short histories and stories relating to the Illawarra) and Time Gents, a site featuring reviews, roads trips, histories and general information on hotels, pubs and associated industries in Australia.

There are also social media platforms linked to the sites.

Bulli & Clifton Times Facebook Page

Bulli & Clifton Times on Twitter

Looking Back Facebook Page

Looking Back on Twitter

Time Gents, Australian Pub Project, Facebook Page

Australian Pub Project, Facebook Group

Time Gents: Australian Pub Project on Instagram

Time Gents on Twitter

Time Gents: Australian Pub Project on MeWe

Time Gents: Australian Pub Project on Linkedin

Time Gents: Australian Pub Project on Tumblr

Time Gents: Australia Pub Project on Pinterest

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12 thoughts on “About The Bulli & Clifton Times

  1. Hi Mick, good to see you still active locally =)
    Let me know if there is an opportunity for collaboration between Northern Exposure and Bulli Times to reach a mutually beneficial outcome.


    Posted by Scott Smith | March 11, 2012, 3:23 am
  2. thanks for sharing the concerns about attempts to close Bulli Hospital Emergency Department


    Posted by SaveBulliED | May 24, 2012, 10:54 am
  3. I have just stumbled on your website. I was born and bred in Bulli and still love browsing the web for stories about my old home town. There are at least 5 of my ancestors graves in the St. Augustines churchyard. I will be coming back in October for the Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club Centenary Celebrations (Member for 63 years) and will no doubt check the old graveyard.


    Posted by John M Jones OAM. | September 1, 2012, 7:07 am
    • Thanks for your comment John. Such a shame that most of the historic headstones in St Augustines were lost…. But the Bulli Mine Disaster Memorial Park is a fitting alternative, I suppose. If you’re interested in history, you should try and visit the Black Diamond District Heritage Centre (Bulli Museum) at Bulli Railway Station.


      Posted by The Bulli Times | September 1, 2012, 8:20 am
      • If time allows I certainly will. Previous trips I have picked up some historic books including the Mine Disaster. there has been a member of my family in Bulli surf Club for 82 of its 100 years so the centenary celebrations will be something special.


        Posted by John M Jones OAM. | September 1, 2012, 8:44 am
      • Where are you living now John?


        Posted by The Bulli Times | September 1, 2012, 8:48 am
  4. I was transferred to Melbourne in 1969 then moved to Brisbane in 1984 and following retirement I shifted down to the Gold Coast in 2002. My wife and I still have a number of relatives in Illawarra and, of course, I have regular contact with the surf club as I am a Life Member.


    Posted by John M Jones OAM. | September 1, 2012, 8:56 am
  5. Hi Mick
    Stuart Korman is my name,my wife and i are the market orginizers of Bulli Variety Markets at the showground we started the weekly market in july this year we open to the public from 9am to 3pm.Although it is taking time to build the market to a sustainable level we are overwhelmed with the feed back from the people of the northern suburbs the locals so badly need and want a successful market in there area and they are always encouraging us to hang in there and make it happen.Mick we sub lease the premises the Bulli Greyhounds being the major lease holders.Bulli Greys have been so supportive and welcomed us with open arms Paul Barnes the Manager of the Bulli Greyhounds has made our attempt to create a market as smooth as possible helping us anyway he can.
    The people of this area never cease to amaze me with there posativeness and freindly manner and i hope to thank them one day by providing them with a market they can call there own.


    Posted by stuart | December 28, 2012, 7:03 am
  6. Alway happy to welcome a positive venture for Bulli – and I think this one is. The Bulli Showgrounds at Slacky Flat are under-used, and a bi-weekly market is a great idea. I hope the people of the northern Illawarra and further afield embrace the new markets. I wish you well Stuart. Feel free to email me a selection of photos, featuring plenty of friendly faces enjoying the markets for publication. Again, best of luck in the new venture.


    Posted by The Bulli Times | December 28, 2012, 9:10 am
  7. John M Jones OAM died 8/3/2015


    Posted by michael | March 10, 2015, 9:28 am

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