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 1449 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Sun sets on old Bulli Hospital, as last patients taken from its wards – And we were there…

AS the sun set over the escarpment today, so did a significant chapter in the northern Illawarra’s history, when the last patients were wheeled from the old Bulli District Hospital. They were taken to the new $50 million Bulli Hospital and Aged Care Centre that has replaced the old institution on a site located on … Continue reading

Bulli Pass will be closed to traffic again next week for maintenance work

MOTORISTS are advised by Transport for NSW that Bulli Pass will be closed for maintenance work for two days next week. Work to take place between Lawrence Hargrave Drive and M1 Princes Motorway will include trimming vegetation, clearing gutters and drains, and maintenance of guardrails, signs and safety ramps. The road will be closed in … Continue reading

Changes by Council to encourage more recycling go on exhibition for comment

WOLLONGONG City Council is seeking feedback on proposed changes to its draft Waste and Resource Recovery Fees and Exemptions Policy. The proposed changes seek to improve support for pensioner concession cardholders to encourage the use of Council’s twice-yearly kerbside bulky collections or Community Recycling Centre, and to remove exemptions for mixed general and green waste. … Continue reading

Council wants items returned during pandemic to keep library shelves stocked

SINCE Wollongong City Council reopened libraries for timed visits in June, more than 45,240 items have been borrowed by 23,260 customers. However, with the situation changing daily with Coronavirus, the Council appreciate not everyone wants to visit a library to return books, DVDs, magazines or CDs. Council’s library and community services manager, Jenny Thompson said … Continue reading

After a two month closure, Lawrence Hargrave Drive to reopen Sunday night

AFTER a closure of two months, Transport for NSW will reopen Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park tomorrow at 7pm (Sunday August 9). State MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans said the stretch of road between Lady Wakehurst Drive and Chellow Dene Avenue would be open this weekend. “This essential work has required this section of … Continue reading

Council will investigate restoring Woonona’s historic Pendlebury Park

AFTER representation from councillors, Jenelle Rimmer and Mithra Cox, Wollongong City Council will investigate upgrading Woonona’s long-neglected Pendlebury Park. The Bulli Times contacted the two ward one councillors after concern was raised on social media regarding the neglected state of the park. Community concern was raised over the overgrown gardens, broken brickwork on fencing, and … Continue reading

Police seeking assistance to find wanted man on outstanding warrant

POLICE are seeking assistance from the public to locate a man wanted on an outstanding warrant. Jesse Kinniment, aged 32, is wanted on an outstanding warrant for drug related offences. Wollongong police have commenced inquires into his whereabouts and are appealing for public assistance. He is described as being of a Caucasian appearance, between 165cm … Continue reading

Librarians may wear masks at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal

STAFF at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries may be wearing protective face masks from today, Wednesday (August 5). Staff at Wollongong City Council’s indoor facilities like libraries and leisure centres or the customer service centre may be wearing masks. The Council is making masks available and facilitating mask-wearing for indoor staff who have face-to-face contact … Continue reading

118th anniversary of the Mt Kembla mining disaster remembered

A SERVICE of remembrance has been held this evening for the 96 men and boys who lost their lives in the Mount Kembla mine disaster in 1902. Representatives from South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal and the local community attended the service on Friday evening at Windy Gully Cemetery, Mount Kembla, which marked the 118th anniversary of the … Continue reading

Corrimal house damaged by early morning blaze

JUST after 5am today, Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called to a house in Rothery Street, Corrimal that was found to be well alight. Crews from Corrimal, Bulli and Wollongong battled the flames and extinguished the fire. The blaze was contained to the front of the dwelling and no occupants were found in the … Continue reading

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