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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 1012 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Transport Minister visits Helensburgh to promise more rail seats

NEW train carriages and extra seats to address a huge spike in customer demand has been promised by the NSW Government as transport gears-up as a major election issue ahead of the March 23 poll. Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance was at Helensburgh Railway Station this morning promising that a re-elected Liberal Government … Continue reading

Woonona murder charge after woman found dead in Gray Street

A MAN has been charged over the suspected domestic violence-related death of a woman at Woonona. Emergency services were called to a home on Gray Street, Woonona, about 11pm on Monday, responding to reports a woman had been injured. Wollongong police and paramedics arrived on site but were unable to revive the 76-year-old woman, who … Continue reading

Man arrested after death of a woman at Woonona

A MAN has been arrested after a woman was found dead at Woonona last night. Emergency services were called to a Gray Street home about 11pm on Monday, after reports a woman had been injured. Wollongong police and paramedics arrived to find an unresponsive 76-year-old woman, who was unable to be revived. A crime scene … Continue reading

Women take part in Bondi Lifeguard Challenge for the first time

TWO women who keep a watchful eye on swimmers at northern suburbs beaches will be amongst eight professional lifeguards from Wollongong taking part in a prestigious challenge at Bondi Beach tomorrow evening (Wednesday). Competitors statewide from local government areas offering lifeguard services will be taking part in Bondi Lifeguard Challenge, which has been going for … Continue reading

Man accused of Cheryl Grimmer murder released after evidence ‘inadmissible’

THE trial of a man accused of murdering toddler, Cheryl Grimmer almost 50 years ago will not proceed after a judge ruled that his 1971 police interview was not admissible. Cheryl vanished from outside a Fairy Meadow beach shower block on January 12 in 1970 while with her mother and three older brothers. The former … Continue reading

Group calls on State election candidates to pledge support for rail upgrade

CANDIDATES have been being asked to pledge support for significant improvements to the South Coast Rail Line ahead of the State election on March 23. Community action group Illawarra Rail Fail (IRF) have stepped up their campaign for improvements to the line asking candidates to support 11 pledges. IRF have released the pledges (listed below) … Continue reading

Thirroul to Waterfall rail tunnel on the agenda under State Labor

THE much-talked-about Thirroul to Waterfall tunnel will be one option under Labor’s $2.4 billion transport policy to improve the Wollongong-Sydney rail corridor. Keira MP Ryan Park said the tunnel would be put to an expert rail panel for consideration should Labor win the March 23 state election. Mr Park said as a more immediate solution Labor … Continue reading

Expect delays during Walker Street culvert replacement at Helensburgh

WORK on upgrading an ageing and broken culvert in Walker Street Helensburgh for environmental and safety reasons is about to get underway. During the Wollongong City Council works Walker Street will be partially closed to ensure the works are completed as quickly as possible. Traffic will be maintained under temporary traffic signals for a majority … Continue reading

Moonlight Movie returns to Corrimal’s Ziems Park this weekend

MOONLIGHT Movies are back for 2019 with The Never Ending Story to play on the big screen this Saturday February 16 at Robert Ziems Park, Corrimal. The cult classic was adapted from Michael Ende’s children’s book and follows the adventures of Bastain Balthazar Bux. Released in 1984, the much-loved adventure film for kids of all ages tells … Continue reading

Greens call for frequent “all-stop” trains

THE Greens have called for a public transport master plan for the Illawarra, including a feasibility study into “local-all-stops trains”, every 10 to 15 minutes. Currently there is just one “local all-stops train” available per hour on the Illawarra line. Kaye Osborn, NSW Greens Candidate for Keira, puts this down to the NSW Government’s focus … Continue reading

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