Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local 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 authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated 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 is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.
Mick Roberts has written 951 posts for The Bulli Times

Corrimal’s festival springs into action

THE Spring into Corrimal Family Festival will be held tomorrow, which organisers bill as the largest one day free family festival within the Illawarra and regional NSW, attracting crowds in excess of 60,000. The streets are closed to traffic and Corrimal turns into a centre of bustling fun. Presented by the Corrimal Chamber of Commerce and Corrimal RSL, Spring … Continue reading

Three win $5,000 Local History Prize

THREE historians have shared Wollongong City Libraries’ $5,000 Biennial Local History Prize for their works on the settlement of Dapto Creek by veterans and on the history of a Helensburgh master builder. JGD Howes and Lorraine Neate presented a research paper on the early settlement of West Dapto, following the then Government decision to provide … Continue reading

Showground future under microscope

Wollongong City Council is working on a long-term plan for the Bulli Showground Precinct and is asking for the community to get involved and share their thoughts. As part of the first phase of this important project, community feedback is being collated to inform a needs assessment. Through this engagement process Council will collect a … Continue reading

Council’s plans for Bulli Showground

Wollongong City Council is working on a long-term plan for the Bulli Showground precinct and is asking for the community to get involved and share their thoughts. Community feedback is being collated ahead of the development of a draft Masterplan for the site. The engagement is the first step in a long term process. For … Continue reading

Thirroul elder abuse

A WOMAN has been charged with elder abuse and domestic violence offences following an incident in Thirroul on Friday. Police went to the home in Station Street about 10.45pm on Friday and observed from the front of the premises. The officers will allege that they overheard moaning, shouting and approximately 11 slapping noises. The officers … Continue reading

Assault charges at Otford

TWO men have been charged after a police officer was injured during an arrest at Otford just before 6.30pm on Friday. Wollongong police stopped a vehicle on Lady Wakehurst Drive at Otford. Checks revealed the driver, a 29-year-old man, was disqualified from driving and had allegedly breached bail conditions. During the attempted arrest of the … Continue reading

Fairy Meadow man on drug charges

A FAIRY Meadow man is before the courts after being charged by Strike Force Raptor South with drug and firearm offences in the Illawarra region. Officers from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor South commenced an investigation into the ongoing supply of and distribution of methylamphetamine. Following inquiries, police attended and searched a room … Continue reading

Work starts on new kiosk

  WORK has started on the new café for Stanwell Park Beach. The purpose built café will have an elevated covered dining deck overlooking the park, a paved outdoor seating area and a kiosk and kitchen. Two fully accessible public toilets are also a key component of the new design that was influenced by community … Continue reading

Foothills Road bypass plan dumped

A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to upgrade Foothills Road Fire Trail as an alternate route for traffic to Lawrence Hargrave Drive through Thirroul has been dumped by Wollongong City Council after strong community opposition. Community feedback collected by the Council through the Thirroul Traffic Workshop has been provided to the State Government for their consideration. Council hosted … Continue reading

Public art for Wombarra

A NEW public art sculpture, Shellpod, has been installed by Wollongong City Council at Sharkeys Beach, Coledale. The sculpture is from the Wombarra artist, Gaby Porter and was created by Gaby and a number of local artists including Annette Wellings, Lois Hill, John Haymes and Alan Wetten. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it will … Continue reading

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