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 1734 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Woman charged over Tarrawanna house fire

A WOMAN has been charged after allegedly deliberately lighting a house on fire in Tarrawanna last month. About 5.45pm on Sunday, August 29, emergency services responded to reports of a house fire in Henry Street, Tarrawanna. Wollongong police attended and found the house well alight, while Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze, which destroyed … Continue reading

Opening date expected to be set for Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal public pools next week

AN opening date for public swimming pools at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal is expected to be set by Wollongong City Council next week. Council says it expects to be able to provide a date for when the gates on lifeguard supervised pools will open for summer mid next week. Council is working through the detail … Continue reading

Train travellers should plan ahead with scheduled industrial action expected to cause disruptions

NSW TrainLink customers and essential travellers are being urged to plan ahead as regional rail and Intercity services will be heavily impacted by planned industrial action tomorrow (Saturday September 25). Services in the Illawarra will stop at all stations and terminate at Waterfall on the South Coast Line. However, passengers should expect a reduced frequency. … Continue reading

Council rolls-out new liners for food recycling collection caddies

THE first anniversary of the launch of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) collection will be this November, and Wollongong City Council is preparing to mark the milestone date with the delivery of a new bundle of compostable liners for the caddy. The liners are due to be dropped off to all households with an … Continue reading

MP hopeful of increase in vaccination rate as first Moderna roll-out gets underway at Bellambi

THE rollout of the Moderna vaccine across Illawarra pharmacies has been welcome by Shadow Health Minister and Keira MP, Ryan Park, who says he is hopeful that it will dramatically increase the vaccination rate across the community. Earlier this week Mr Park visited Bellambi Pharmacy where the first doses of vaccines went into the arms … Continue reading

Investigation underway into Towradgi tree vandalism

THIS morning Towradgi residents woke to the disappointing news that two Norfolk Island Pine trees along the northern coastal cycleway had been destroyed by an act of vandalism. The trees were planted in Towradgi Park as part of Wollongong City Council’s Urban Greening Strategy in 2009 to improve shade options in public spaces and add … Continue reading

Summer means times have changed to take your dog to the beach

SUMMER is coming and that means the times you can take your dog to the orange zoned, on-leash, timed access beaches has now changed. Residents planning to visit our orange zone beaches must do so before 9am and after 6pm – and their dogs must stay on a leash. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said … Continue reading

Flags to go up on northern beaches for a swim season with a difference

THE red and yellow beach flags will be raised tomorrow to mark the start of the 2021/2022 beach season. However, it’ll be a beach season that’s focussed on speed rather than socialising. Over the past few months Wollongong City Council has been working with Surf Life Saving Illawarra on a plan for the beaches over … Continue reading

Campaign will raise the voices of region’s youth in federal parliament

THE voices, views, and opinions of Illawarra’s young people will be heard in Federal Parliament this October as part of the inaugural Raise Our Voice in Parliament campaign. More than 40 Federal MPs from across the political divide, including Cunnigham MP Sharon Bird, will read out 90-second speeches written by youth around Australia from the … Continue reading

Expansion of COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks in the Illawarra

AUSTRALIAN Defence Force personnel have joined the NSW Police Force in the Illawarra, as part of an expansion of the COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks across the state. Police officers will be assisted by ADF personnel as they conduct daily welfare checks and support the wellbeing of those self-isolating. ADF personnel have been deployed to … Continue reading

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