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 1329 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Remind children about online safety during the current COVID-19 restrictions

  PARENTS and carers have been warned to remind their children about online safety during the current COVID-19 restrictions and upcoming school holidays. With the community spending more time indoors and at home following the shutdown of all non-essential services and direction to self-isolate, NSW Police are encouraging parents to speak to their children about … Continue reading

Stanwell Park road works will cause disruptions to traffic next week

MOTORISTS are advised of changed traffic conditions on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park from this weekend for maintenance and investigation work to be carried out. One of two lanes will be closed between Otford Road and Chellow Dene Avenue to carry out the work, which includes slope monitoring and sealing cracks in the road … Continue reading

Council extends deadline for financial assistance grants due to pandemic

Due to Coronavirus [COVID-19] and changing times, Wollongong City Council has extended the application period to close of business on Monday 20 April 2020 for Financial Assistance Grants. The grants offer event organisers, community bands, choirs and community arts organisations the chance to apply for financial support towards their next project. Under Council’s Financial Assistance … Continue reading

Man charged over alleged East Corrimal domestic violence incident

A MAN will face court today charged with domestic violence offences allegedly committed at East Corrimal over the weekend. A 29-year-old man went to a home in East Corrimal and allegedly assaulted the woman occupant shortly after 8pm on Saturday March 28. The man, who is known to the woman, allegedly grabbed the woman’s hair … Continue reading

Two men charged over alleged cocaine supply in the Wollongong area

TWO men have been charged with drug offences after police allegedly discovered cocaine, an unregistered firearm, ammunition and a poker machine at a Balgownie home today (Tuesday March 30). The 51-year-old man, arrested in Market Street Wollongong, and a 47-year-old man, arrested at Fairy Meadow, have been charged following investigations into an alleged drug supply … Continue reading

Northern beaches close: Pandemic forces an early end to swimming season

NORTHERN beaches will close almost a month early this swimming season with Wollongong City Council lifeguards remaining onsite for surveillance duties to ensure people are aware of the change. Swim flags will come down at 5pm today at all Council’s 17 patrolled beaches. The traditional end of the swimming season is normally April 26. Council … Continue reading

Try an online book from your local library while social distancing

IN these times of social distancing, you can enjoy books, audiobooks, movies and more through Wollongong City Libraries. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to decide on what to read or view or listen to next is visit the Council’s website. Search the Library catalogue for ideas on what you would like to download and … Continue reading

Russell Vale Golf Course closes due to pandemic

WOLLONGONG City Council has today, Monday 30 March, closed Russell Vale Golf Club and the on-site pro shop. The closure came into effect at 5pm today, and follows the Federal Government’s announcements last night which extended social distancing measures. In addition to closing the golf course, Council has closed its play spaces, skateparks and outdoor … Continue reading

Council shuts play spaces and skate parks in latest coronavirus measures

WOLLONGONG City Council has closed all its play spaces and skate parks from 8pm today, Sunday March 29 2020. In a statement, a Council spokesperson said more than 145 play spaces and five skate parks will be closed across the city. Council staff will continue to maintain the playgrounds and parks during the closure. ”We … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Kennedy Brothers and their attempt at ‘respectability’

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Market Square Wollongong, showing the Governor Bourke Hotel (far left, circled),the two storey Queens Hotel, and, far right, The Wollongong Hotel, in the early 1850s By MICK ROBERTS © THE Kennedy brothers’ attempts at respectability in Australia seemed to have started off on the right foot. The three Irishmen, Hugh, John…

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