Mick Roberts

A 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 1842 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Old Bulli Hospital site to be redeveloped for housing

THE former Bulli Hospital site will be redeveloped into a residential area after Landcom reached an agreement to purchase the disused site from NSW Health. Subject to approvals, the site will deliver diverse, affordable, and sustainable housing including terraces, townhouses and a mix of single house lot sizes. Landcom Acting CEO Matthew Beggs said the … Continue reading

Game on for some sports fields this weekend

WITH a break in the wet weather delivering some much-needed sunshine, Wollongong City Council is anticipating at least 11 of 42 sports grounds to open this weekend. Soccer, rugby league and AFL matches will be able to take places on selected fields across the city including at Thomas Gibson Park, Thirroul. Two areas not traditionally … Continue reading

Cats or dogs? Age-old debate goes to Thirroul ballot box

WHILE many adult eyes are focussed on the state of federal politics, an age-old debate is being waged for young people at Thirroul Library. The question being tackled – would you vote for cats or dogs? Visitors are being encouraged to cast their vote for Purrfect Cats or Pawsome Pups, with the winner of the … Continue reading

Repair work on Lawrence Hargrave Drive expected to be completed by end of month

WORK on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park between Railway Crescent and Chellow Dene Avenue is continuing following recent heavy rainfall. On Thursday May 12 a single northbound lane closure was put in place following further pavement damage due to bad weather.  Transport for NSW advises that temporary repair work will start shortly and is expected … Continue reading

Helensburgh Community Centre closed and will be demolished amid safety concerns

HELENSBURGH could be without a community centre for up to five years after the announcement of the closure of the Walker Street building and its eventual demolition, amid concerns relating to water and moisture. Owner of the Helensburgh Community Centre building, Wollongong City Council is planning a replacement in a new library facility, with construction … Continue reading

Otford Hall and Corrimal Preschool to be upgraded under Council plan

WORK on the refurbishment of Otford Community Hall is planned to start later this year. Wollongong City Council, which is undertaking the refurbishment of several community buildings in the city, said the Otford Hall will be completed early next year. This will involve the full refurbishment of the building, including removal and replacement of external … Continue reading

Otford road will be closed for maintenance work

MOTORISTS are advised of the closure of Lady Wakehurst Drive between McKell Avenue and Otford Lookout for maintenance work next week. Work will include general maintenance, guardrail repairs, trimming vegetation and clearing gutters and drains to improve safety for motorists. Detours will be in place via McKell Avenue, the M1 Princes Motorway and Lawrence Hargrave … Continue reading

Celebrating our LGBTIQA+ community

THE Illawarra’s LGBTIQA+ community is preparing to celebrate in June this year, and anyone organising an event is invited to express interest in being included in Wollongong City Council’s 2022 Pride Month Calendar. While, in the past, Council has held Pride Month activities, this is the first time it has actively reached out to other … Continue reading

International Compost Week is good for the soil

COMPOST is one of the big unsung heroes when it comes to everything green – from growing veggies, supporting plants and caring for our natural areas, parks and even sportsgrounds. Sunday May 1 to Saturday May 7 is International Compost Week, and Wollongong City Council is celebrating all things FOGO with a number of free … Continue reading

Start to winter sport season delayed as Council battles sodden grounds across the city

THE start of some winter sports have been delayed with Wollongong City Council battling to maintain sodden fields and grounds after the big wet. Many Council-managed fields remain too wet to be played upon this weekend, which may delay the start to some winter sports, including soccer. The seasons for rugby league and AFL have … Continue reading

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