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 1773 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Prepare your garden for bush fire season: Free garden drop-off at Helensburgh and Corrimal

THE summer bush fire season is around the corner and Wollongong City Council is advising residents to prepare their gardens. A free garden organics drop-off will be available during December at Helensburgh and Corrimal, offering an easy way for residents to clear their property and remove excess small branches, shrubs, fallen leaves, twigs and debris … Continue reading

New approach at removing illegal graffiti will be adopted by Wollongong Council

A NEW approach to target illegal and offensive graffiti in public spaces over the last six months will become a permanent part of Wollongong City Council’s work schedule. Council has a target to remove non-offensive graffiti from public spaces within 20 working days. Council’s manager of city works, Corey Stoneham said this is achieved nearly … Continue reading

M1 Motorway to close for maintenance work between Bulli Tops and Waterfall

THE M1 Princes Motorway between the Old Princes Highway intersection at Waterfall and Bulli Tops will be closed for five Sunday nights to allow for maintenance work. The road will close in both directions for five nights from Sunday November 28 to Thursday December 2, between 8pm and 4am. Work will include trimming vegetation, clearing drains, … Continue reading

Bulli Pass to close in both directions for maintenance work

ROAD users are advised the Princes Highway at Bulli Pass will be closed next week for maintenance work between Lawrence Hargrave Drive and M1 Princes Motorway. The road will be closed in both directions between 9am and 3pm on Tuesday November 23 and Wednesday November 24, weather permitting. Work includes trimming vegetation, clearing gutters and … Continue reading

Raised pedestrian crossing and improved lighting planned for Thirroul’s ‘Ryan’s Corner’

THE pedestrian crossing on Phillip Street, in front of Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul will be raised in a proposal put forward by Wollongong City Council. Next year, Council plan to carry out a range of upgrades to the crossing – including turning the existing pedestrian crossing into a raised crossing – to improve accessibility, visibility and … Continue reading

Local surf clubs, sporting groups and community gardeners receive funding for new equipment and other upgrades

THIRROUL Surf Club will be able to purchase new gym equipment, while Woonona Community Garden will expand after 21 local community groups were awarded vital funds for improvement projects. While Thirroul Surf Club topped the list for funding ($35,000), Corrimal Public School followed a close second with a $29,200 grant for a soft-fall playground. State … Continue reading

Work on Helensburgh shopping centre improvements will be expanded

THE upgrades to Helensburgh shopping centre will be expanded, as Wollongong City Council pauses work on the project over the Christmas and summer period. Earlier this year, Council completed ‘Stage 1’ of the Helensburgh Streetscape Masterplan, which saw several upgrades along Parkes Street and the roundabout at the intersection of Walker Street, to improve safety … Continue reading

Official dirt cycle track for Bulli before the end of year

WORK is expected to start on a new bike track at Bulli Park before the end of the year. Wollongong City Council have announced Bulli will be the latest suburb to get a new local bike track. The Council is building new dirt-tracks in different suburbs to offer opportunities to young riders to improve their … Continue reading

Calls for State Heritage Listing for Corrimal Coke Works site

A COMMUNITY group has called for the Corrimal Coke Works site to be given a state heritage listing. Corrimal Community Action Group (C CAG) president Anne Marett said the listing may be the last and best chance for “real protection” of the heritage values of the Corrimal Coke Works site. The Heritage Council of NSW … Continue reading

Mountain bikes causing ‘huge damage’ to Illawarra escarpment

AN illegal mountain bike track in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area will be closed and rehabilitated from next week. A number of illegal tracks are currently impacting bushland on the Illawarra escarpment, including at Bulli Pass. Graham Bush from National Parks and Wildlife Service said the 250-metre unauthorised trail at Mt Keira is damaging … Continue reading

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