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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.
Mick Roberts has written 934 posts for The Bulli Times

Austinmer’s boatshed extension

AUSTINMER’S lifeguards and lifesavers are one step closer to having improved facilities with the start of work this week on the extension of Austinmer Boatshed. The project, that is expected to take about four months to finish, is part of an ongoing program to upgrade facilities in the Austinmer beach precinct. The boatshed facility will … Continue reading

Coalcliff beach restoration

WOLLONGONG City Council will continue repairs to the Coalcliff Beach embankment following the extensive damage and erosion during an intense east coast low storm event in June 2016. The popular beach suffered the effects of the storm that brought torrential rain, gale force winds and massive waves all along the coast of NSW from Byron … Continue reading

Tarrawanna bushfires

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after suspicious bushfires at Tarrawanna earlier in the week. Emergency services were called to bushland on Hawthorne Street about 6.40am on Tuesday where they spotted three males, described as teenagers, leaving the scene on foot towards the Towradgi Creek residential area. The fire was quickly brought under control by Rural … Continue reading

700 homes, shops and parklands proposed for Corrimal Coke Works site

THE rezoning process for the former Corrimal Coke Works site has got underway, with Wollongong City Council resolving to submit a draft Planning Proposal to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway determination to enable public exhibition. The Illawarra Coke Company is proposing to rezone the 18 hectare property residential development and parkland. … Continue reading

Bulli students artwork

BULLI High School students now have their artwork on display at Wollongong Youth Services as part of the “I love Wollongong because” project. This project invites young people to capture what they love about Wollongong in an image, and provides them with an opportunity to be heard in the community through the display of digital … Continue reading

Disaster memorial at Bulli

A TERRIFIC explosion was heard above Bulli School – from the Old Bulli Mine – 131 years ago this Friday, which took the lives of 81 men and boys – there was only survivor, Herbert Cope. The Bulli Mine Disaster, as it became known, remains the second worst industrial accident in Australia’s history – only … Continue reading

Hang glider crash

POLICE have responded to a serious injury incident after a hang glider crashed at Stanwell Park earlier this week. Police believe that a 52-year-old man was intending to hang glide from Bald Hill to Stanwell Park Beach at 5pm on Monday. Emergency services were called to area after the crash and officers from Wollongong Police … Continue reading

Clean up the north this Sunday

Got a spare hour or two this weekend? Come and lend a hand to help clean up Wollongong’s northern suburbs as part of Clean Up Australia Day. This Sunday, March 4, marks the annual event, and this year is the 28th year it’s been held in Wollongong. In 2018 community efforts will focus on waterways, roadsides, … Continue reading

Aboriginal embassy dismantle

NEWLY built structures at the Sandon Point Tent Embassy will be removed by Wollongong City Council after complaints from residents of a nearby housing estate. Structures built on the site after December 31 2016 will be removed in consultation with the Sandon Point Joint Management Partner organisations. At its meeting on Monday, Council resolved to … Continue reading

Tarrawanna blaze

EMERGENCY services were called to a home on Kendall Street, Tarrawanna after reports of a fire about 6pm on Wednesday. Fire & Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze. No one was at home at the time. Wollongong police established a crime scene and forensic examinations are being conducted. Investigations into the fire, including whether … Continue reading

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