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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 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 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 971 posts for The Bulli Times

Speeding driver nabbed at Otford

A DISQUALIFIED driver will face court next month after being detected travelling more than 60kmh above the sign-posted speed limit in the Royal National Park at the weekend. Sutherland Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on Lady Wakehurst Drive, Otford, about 2pm on Saturday when they detected a VW Golf hatch … Continue reading

Boy hit on Balgownie Road

POLICE have appealed for information from the community following an incident where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at Fairy Meadow at the weekend. A vehicle was travelling east along Balgownie Road about 11.10pm on Saturday, when the driver stopped the vehicle near Meadow Street, after witnessing a fight between two young people. They … Continue reading

Dog park considered for Bellambi

A NEW off-leash dog park is under consideration for a park off Bott Drive, Bellambi. Wollongong City Council is asking the community what they think of a plan to provide three new off-leash parks. The option for three additional off-leash park areas would bring the number of these parks in in Wollongong to eight. Council … Continue reading

Tasered man at Fairy Meadow

A MAN has been charged after a barricade situation at Fairy Meadow on Wednesday. Wollongong police were called to a domestic-related incident at a home on the Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow about 9am on Wednesday. As officers arrived at the home, a 23-year-old man allegedly armed with two knives locked himself in the home. Another … Continue reading

Greens promise Thirroul tunnel

THE Australian Greens will set aside $1.5 billion to start construction of a Thirroul rail tunnel to slash rail travel times to Sydney for the people of the Illawarra as part of their Federal Election platform. Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, who is also a civil and environmental engineer, said the Greens will redirect money … Continue reading

Fairy Meadow man arrested

A MAN has been arrested following a stand-off with police at Fairy Meadow this morning. Wollongong police went to a house on the Princes Highway following reports of a domestic dispute about 9am. On police arrival a 23-year-old man retreated into the house, allegedly armed with several knives. Police secured a perimeter and negotiations commenced … Continue reading

Fairy Meadow Maccas aftermath

A COMPANY has been sanctioned for allowing two unsafe vehicles to be driven in the wake of a serious crash at Fairy Meadow on Monday. Officers from the NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol Traffic Task Force with the assistance of Roads and Maritime Inspectors, began inspecting the vehicles from the company’s fleet at the … Continue reading

Corrimal High School fire

AN investigation is underway after Corrimal High School was severely damaged by fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. Emergency services were called to Murray Road about 5am, where they found the school well-alight. No one was injured; however, the school sustained significant damage. Wollongong Police established a crime scene and have commenced an investigation … Continue reading

Truck ploughs into Maccas – again!

POLICE have launched an investigation after a truck crashed into the Fairy Meadow McDonald’s restuarant today. Emergency services were called to a carpark at the intersection of Mount Ousley Road and the Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow, after reports of a truck crash about 10.45am. Initial reports indicate the truck crashed into several parked cars after losing control … Continue reading

Woonona drink driving charge

A LEARNER driver is facing court after hitting a parked at Woonona and returning an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.310. A man was driving a Subaru Liberty west along Russell Street when he hit a parked Holden SUV about 9pm on Sunday. Residents came out to see what had happened. The owner of the … Continue reading

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