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 1632 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Police investigation underway after armed robberies at Woonona and Fairy Meadow

A POLICE investigation is underway into armed robberies at Woonona and Fairy Meadow this afternoon. Just after 2.30pm today (Tuesday May 11), police were called to the Bendigo Bank at Fairy Meadow, after reports of an armed robbery. Police have been told an unknown man, who was armed with a firearm, threatened two tellers and … Continue reading

Corrimal pool maintenance set-back: facility closed until mid-June

CORRIMAL swimming pool is expected to remain closed for maintenance until mid-June after wet weather conditions delayed the repairs. The two pools at the facility – 50m heated pool and 25m pool – are undergoing routine maintenance which includes the replacement of expansion jointing, fixing damaged tiles and repairs to the main water supply line. … Continue reading

Thirroul cycleway bridge out of action for six weeks during maintenance work

THE bridge over Hewitts Creek, linking Thirroul’s Hamilton Road and Sandon Point, Bulli, will close for about six weeks for essential repairs. The popular cycling and walking pathway will be closed to allow Wollongong City Council to undertake maintenance work, which includes replacing the patched top-deck with a fibre-reinforced polymer minimesh decking system. While the … Continue reading

Picton Road closed for maintenance: Traffic diverted to Appin Road

ROAD users are advised of an upcoming road closure on Picton Road for maintenance work next weekend. Work includes vegetation removal, line marking, guardrail repairs and cleaning drains to improve water run-off. Road users travelling between Wollongong and the Hume Motorway will be detoured via the M1 Princes Motorway, Mount Ousley Road and Appin Road and … Continue reading

Now’s the time to plant a verge garden

Did you know that Autumn is the best time of the year to start planting? The warm weather and soil provide the perfect environment for plants to take root and thrive before the cold winter weather arrives. Now that the weather is cooling, Wollongong City Council is encouraging green-thumbed residents to pick up the challenge, … Continue reading

McDermott ditches beard for Thirroul show

TELEVISION personality Paul McDermott has shaved off his COVID-19 pandemic beard and is ready to hit the stage at Thirroul’s Anita’s Theatre to perform his new show next month. Appearing alongside Glenn Moorhouse, Paul McDermott is hot off a successful season at Adelaide Fringe Festival, where he won the weekly award for Best Comedy, and … Continue reading

Road work at Memorial Drive roundabout at Bulli

MOTORISTS are advised of changed traffic conditions this week on the on-ramp to Memorial Drive from the Princes Highway roundabout at Bulli to undertake line marking. During the work, the on-ramp will be closed and a detour in place via the Princes Highway for the safety of workers and road users. Motorists are advised to … Continue reading

New development proposal lodged for Bulli’s much-loved Denmark Hotel

AN agreement seems to have been reached on the future of Bulli’s much-loved Denmark Hotel, with a solution found to the festering problem of gaining access to the site. The redevelopment proposals for the former Denmark Hotel have been entangled in red tape for over a decade with the building falling into disrepair in recent … Continue reading

Trial will assess food and garden waste recycling service for units and apartments

A TRIAL of a food and garden waste recycling service for multi-unit dwellings will go ahead with Wollongong City Council awarded a $261,000 grant by the NSW Government. Council has been awarded the funding to conduct a trial to assess the use of Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service by residents living in units … Continue reading

Cycleway bridge to be upgraded at Thirroul

BRIDGE cycleway maintenance at Thirroul, the refurbishment of a stormwater culvert at Woonona and the replacement of a community centre roof at Fairy Meadow, are just a selection of the tenders given the tick of approval by Wollongong City Council. All up, the variety of tenders saw Council move forward on more than $2.3M worth … Continue reading