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 1219 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Another total fire ban issued as authorities remind public of risks

WITH the Bureau of Metrology (BoM) issuing advice about increased heat and smoke conditions tomorrow (Tuesday December 10), a warning has been issued by authorities to take precautions. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 30s in Wollongong, with a return of the thick smoke conditions experienced last week. A change in the afternoon is … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: Pioneer bushman: Ben Rixon

Originally posted on Looking Back:
By MICK ROBERTS © Benjamin Rixon A POST office was established at Wollongong in 1832 enabling the people of the Illawarra for the first time to have communication with the outside world. Delivering the all important mail between Wollongong and Sydney is a tale of bushrangers, floods, fires and romance. The…

Total fire ban in place

A Total fire ban has been declared today, Saturday December 7, for the Illawarra. Authorities warn the fire danger risk is “very high”.  

New book reveals the colourful tales of Bellambi and Bulli pubs

THE barmaids serving-up the beer in what is today’s Heritage Hotel at Bulli must have looked on in sheer horror as thousands of thirsty drinkers began filling the public bar on Christmas Eve 1940. To help celebrate the 130th anniversaries of the Heritage Hotel, Bulli and the Bellambi Hotel, Bellambi, ‘Time Gents’ presents the history … Continue reading

Bulli to host NSW championships this weekend

CONDITIONS are looking perfect ahead of the 2019 NSW Interbranch Championships at Bulli this weekend. The championships brings together the best athletes from all 11 Surf Life Saving branches for two days of elite competition. Bulli SLSC is more than ready for the onslaught of 350 athletes and hundreds of officials, team managers and coaches, … Continue reading

Severe fire danger rating today

The Fire Danger Rating today (December 5 2019) has been upgraded to severe until further advice. A total fire ban is also in place. Visit https://www.myfireplan.com.au to create or update your fire plans. Bulli Times Gift Shop

Stanwell Park road closure next week

MOTORISTS are advised Lawrence Hargrave Drive will be closed next week for one night at Stanwell Park for routine maintenance work. Due to the extreme and catastrophic fire danger ratings last month, the work planned for Monday November 11 was rescheduled for Sunday December 15, weather permitting. The road will be closed in both directions … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: Bushland reclaims Bulli’s lost ‘Pit Town’

Originally posted on Looking Back:
BULLI Pit Town (pictured about 1885 above) was located on the first escarpment bench, to the north of the original Bulli Coal Mine portals and workings. The town was located on the southern side of a creek, and consisted of about 16 or so cottages for the miners working at…

Patrols resume for reported person in surf off Bulli yesterday evening

SURF Lifesaving Illawarra duty officer and Bulli SLSC callout teams were on Bulli beach at first light this morning providing surveillance patrols after a search swung into action yesterday evening. The search got underway after reports of a possible person in the surf off Bulli Beach, near ‘The Pines’, east of Ocean Park soccer fields. … Continue reading

Rescue teams at Bulli Beach this evening after reports of person in the surf

A SEARCH for a possible person in the surf off Bulli Beach, near ‘The Pines’, east of Ocean Park soccer fields, was called-off when darkness fell today. This evening Surf Lifesaving Illawarra was notified of reports of a possible person about 120 metres off shore. Multiple emergency services responded including NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, Toll Rescue … Continue reading

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