Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.
Mick Roberts has written 896 posts for The Bulli Times

Fire destroys Coalcliff cottages

THREE houses have been destroyed by fire at Coalcliff on Friday night. Emergency services were called to Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Coalcliff shortly before 7.30pm, responding to reports a house had caught fire with strong winds spreading it to two neighbouring properties. Three other homes nearby were evacuated as a precaution but fire fighters from … Continue reading

Fair Meadow man Cataract crash

A FAIRY Meadow man has been charged with high-range drink driving after crashing his car and returning a breath analysis reading of 0.304 on Picton Road on Thursday. Police were called to Picton Road, Cataract, about 11am following reports of a single vehicle crash. It appears a Toyota Hilux utility vehicle was being driven west … Continue reading

Dicing with death at Bellambi

BELLAMBI and Woonona rail line pedestrian crossings have recorded the most near misses for accidents in NSW in 2016. Shocking CCTV footage shows students dicing with death by ignoring warning lights and gates at the Bellambi crossing, and darting in front of a freight train. Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins said the more than … Continue reading

Looking for Bulli’s local legend

THE search is on for Bulli’s unsung heroes, who go unnoticed for their extra-ordinary caring acts within their communities, before it is too late. The Local Legends initiative aims to recognise locals from Bulli and surrounding suburbs for their caring and selfless contributions to their community. The winner of the Local Legend Awards will receive $1,000, and … Continue reading

Russell Vale Colliery expansion plans

THE Greens have vowed to fight the proposed Russell Vale Mine expansion, after Wollongong Coal held a little-advertised consultation in Corrimal late last month, Illawarra Greens spokesperson and mayoral candidate Mithra Cox said. Wollongong Coal plan to expand underground mining from its Russell Vale colliery has been held up by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) … Continue reading

Bulli’s great wall continues

Pass to close again for over a month MOTORISTS are advised that the second Bulli Pass closure will occur later this month to complete the installation of rock fall protection fencing. A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the NSW Government had allocated $5 million to install just over a kilometre of fencing to improve safety … Continue reading

More carriages needed

SHADOW Minister for the Illawarra, Ryan Park has used the return of Parliament this week to implore the NSW Government to increase the number of carriages servicing the South Coast Line. Mr Park, the Member for Keira, is taking a stand on the issue of overcrowding, believing there is now a critical need to increase … Continue reading

‘Water bubblers for all parks’: Greens

The Greens candidates for Wollongong City Council are tapping in to Plastic Free July. Joshua Bell is one of the Illawarra Greens Ward 3 candidates, and currently studying at University of Wollongong to be a PE teacher. Mr Bell said:  “It’s so important for people to have access to water while being active. We recognise … Continue reading

Fernhill building gets upgrade

A TENDER for the refurbishment of the Fernhill Soccer Club amenities building has been accepted by Wollongong City Council. The refurbishment includes: Works to fix and repair the structural cracking and external brickwork A new roof over the main building Replacing the metal awning including structural, drainage and electrical lighting elements Fitting out the internal … Continue reading

Police chase through Woonona Bulli

POLICE have charged a man after a police pursuit through Woonona, Bulli and Bellambi overnight. About 10.25pm on Sunday, police were patrolling Hillcrest Avenue, Woonona, when they attempted to stop a white Holden Commodore for a breath test. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit continued from Woonona to Bulli, … Continue reading

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