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 929 posts for The Bulli Times

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

Revised plans for Austi pavillion

WOLLONGONG City Council held a community information session at Austinmer on Saturday morning to provide an update on plans to renew the beach’s historic amenities building. At the session, people were able to view the revised design for the building, which was altered following a community outcry over the previous plan in October-November. “Last year … Continue reading

Boaties take out Australia Day honours

BULLI Surf Life Saving Club’s Open Men’s George Bass Surf Boat Marathon Crew has been presented Wollongong City’s 2018 Australia Day Sports Achievement Award. The Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club Open Men’s Crew remain undefeated in the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon. In the 2018 marathon, the Bulli crew dominated every single leg – over seven … Continue reading

Greens want ban lifted

GREENS councillor Mithra Cox will seek to ease restrictions on school swimming carnivals when Wollongong Council reviews its School Use of Council Swimming Pools Policy at its January 30 meeting. “Wollongong Council currently has a ban on ‘non-competitive swimming’ at carnivals, which means that many students don’t even get wet at the school swimming carnival … Continue reading

Bushwalkers found safe

SIX bushwalkers were located safely by emergency services after losing their way on a coastal walking track near Helensburgh. About 6.30pm on Friday the group entered the track near Otford. Upon their journey, the group became lost. A 21-year-old woman called police for assistance. A multi-agency response was activated to search for the bushwalkers with … Continue reading

Bulli Pass Armed robbery

TWO armed men have forced entry to a home on Bulli Pass shortly after 5.30am on Tuesday. The men were believed to have been armed with handguns when they entered the home and made demands of the residents, a 45-year-old man, 47-year-old woman and 10-year-old boy. Police have appealed for information from the community after … Continue reading

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