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 1396 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Expect more police on our roads and more visitors to our beaches over long weekend

  AS the long-weekend approaches, residents of the northern beaches are bracing themselves for an influx of visitors, prompting a warning from Wollongong Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbury. “To those who are looking to come to our city from outside the area, I say, welcome and thank you for joining us. We just ask while you’re … Continue reading

Bookings required as Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries reopen

LIBRARIES at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal will reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, June 2) in line with an updated NSW Public Health Order. The three northern public libraries will operate to pre-Coronavirus hours and be open from Monday to Saturday. However, as with other Wollongong City Council facilities – like Corrimal pool – people will need to … Continue reading

Cyclist rescued from bush on Bulli Pass after accident this morning

Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Bulli and Wollongong worked with Ambulance NSW to gain access to a 22 year old cyclist who fell from his bike while riding in the bush, about 10 minutes walk from the ‘elbow’ on Bulli Pass about 9.45am today. A NSW Fire and Rescue spokesperson said the man could … Continue reading

Bulli High School connection in soldiers’ Afghanistan deployment reunion

  Old friends, Brigadier Ed Smeaton and Private Conar Partridge, have been reunited at Camp Qargha in Kabul, Afghanistan, during their deployment to Operation Highroad. Task Group Afghanistan Commander, Brigadier Smeaton, has known Guardian Angel Private Partridge’s parents, Mitch and Karen, for 37 years – Mitch Partridge and Brigadier Smeaton were in the same year … Continue reading

More trains for Stanwell Park as north prepares for Lawrence Hargrave Drive closure

EXTRA stops on train services will be provided for Stanwell Park residents while major work is carried out on Lawrence Hargrave Drive from next month. Transport for NSW will carry out slope repairs on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park from 9am Monday 15 June until 7pm Sunday 9 August. State MP for Heathcote, Lee … Continue reading

Residents encouraged to contribute to Helensburgh’s future through input on three strategic projects

WOLLONGONG City Council is calling for feedback about three strategic projects in Helensburgh – the proposed Town Centre Plan, the Streetscape Masterplan and a new library and community centre. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Council has decided to combine the three opportunities to look at future considerations and actions for the city’s most … Continue reading

Funding announced for art exhibition at Austinmer and community gardens at Helensburgh and Bellambi

  A COMMUNITY art exhibition at Austinmer, garden projects at Helensburgh and crafting reusable bags at Bellambi are all initiatives in the works following the announcement of the fourth round of Wollongong City Council’s Connecting Neighbours Grants Program. Council initially piloted this program in 2018, and it has gone from strength to strength as community … Continue reading

Preparations underway for re-opening of Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries

NOW is the time to bring back your library books, magazines, DVDs and CDs. While Wollongong City Libraries aren’t opening their doors – yet – preparation is underway for their reopening. Part of this work includes a call-out for people to drop their library materials back through the external return chutes at Helensburgh, Thirroul and … Continue reading

Sandon Point tree vandalism condemned and labelled as desecration of sacred land

RECENT acts of vegetation clearing within and around the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place has been condemned by Wollongong City Council. The vandalism was within and alongside the area that is currently temporarily fenced off at Sandon Point. Over the past two weeks trees and shrubs have been sawn in half and other plants significantly damaged … Continue reading

Be on the lookout for deer as rutting season gets underway

  RESIDENTS are being warned to be on the look out for deer as the pest species’ rutting season gets underway. Each year during the rutting season – generally between May and August – the visibility of deer increases as they move down from the escarpment and into urban areas, as the stags compete for … Continue reading

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