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Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.
Mick Roberts has written 1052 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Wombarra pool closed after pollution scare

SWIMMERS are warned to avoid Wombarra ocean pool after it was choked with seaweed, turning it a translucent blue, and causing a foul odour to waft across the area. A sign placed at the beach by Wollongong City Council on Thursday read “pool closed due to environmental factors”, and “swim at own risk”. The Council … Continue reading

Bulli PCYC school holiday program underway

THE Easter School Holidays are underway, and it’s not too late to get involved in parkour, gymnastics, basketball, boxing and mixed games at PCYC Bulli, from as low as $30. “Mixed games is a new activity for us,” Bulli PCYC manager, Madison Holz said. “We are introducing it to give more variety and choice to … Continue reading

Austinmer memorial given facelift in time for ANZAC Day service

WORK has finished on the extensive refurbishment of Austinmer’s War Memorial in time for Anzac Day next week. Wollongong City Council’s crews started work on the project at Austinmer Beach earlier this year, which included a new level paved area for ceremonies and the construction of an accessible pathway between Lawrence Hargrave Drive and the … Continue reading

Your guide to northern Illawarra ANZAC services

Sunday 14 April 2019 Corrimal RSL Pre-commemorative March. From Corrimal RSL to the Memorial at Anzac Grove off Railway Street for service and return to RSL.  Muster at 1.30pm, departs 1.45pm for 2pm service. For more information contact Murray Bolton on 0408 560 554 Wednesday 24 April Vietnam Memorial Anzac Day Service  Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong – Vietnam … Continue reading

M1 roadworks near Helensburgh off-ramp this weekend

MOTORISTS are advised resurfacing work will be carried out at various locations on the M1 and the Princes Highway from this weekend to improve safety. Work will be carried out at Helensburgh between 7.30pm to 4am from Sunday to Tuesday, weather permitting. On the M1 Princes Motorway, just south of the Helensburgh exit, the northbound lanes … Continue reading

Concert to celebrate youth week at Bellambi Point

A SPORTS workshop, featuring live music, interactive art, food and much more will be held at Bellambi Point as part of Youth Week. Wollongong City Council’s Youth Services has a range of events planned with a music concert and sporting activities at Bellambi Point, live music, aerosol art, skateboarding in Berkeley and a rolling racer … Continue reading

Repairs underway after Wombarra football ground vandalism

AFTER an overwhelming reaction on social media, Wollongong City Council have sprung into action to repair the vandalism at Jim Allen Oval, Wombarra. In the early hours of Sunday morning, a vehicle, possibly a steel blue or grey coloured 4WD, with a pair of large flood lights on the roof, churned-up the turf on the … Continue reading

Driver caught travelling over 250kmh near Helensburgh

A MAN has been charged after he was caught allegedly travelling at up to 260kmh just north of Helensburgh on Sunday morning. Wollongong Highway Patrol officers were patrolling the M1 Princes Motorway when they detected a blue Nissan 200SX allegedly travelling at up to 260kmh in a sign-posted 110kmh zone about 2.30am. Officers eventually stopped … Continue reading

Man remains behind bars after allegedly intimidating family at Bulli Tops

A MAN who described himself as a “black Muslim” has been refused bail after appearing in court today charged with intimidation and driving in a dangerous manner after he allegedly yelled bias-related threats at a family picnicking at Bulli Tops on Sunday. Police were called to Bulli Lookout on the Princes Highway after reports Yusuff … Continue reading

Balgownie woman charged with assault of paramedic at Fairy Meadow

TWO people have been charged following separate assaults against emergency services workers in the Wollongong area this week. Wollongong police were called to Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow about 6pm yesterday (Thursday) following reports a NSW Ambulance paramedic had been assaulted. A 57-year-old Balgownie woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Wollongong Police Station, … Continue reading