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 945 posts for The Bulli Times

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

Corrimal Library’s 21st birthday

CORRIMAL District Library and Community Centre will hold its 21st birthday celebration tomorrow (Thursday June 28). The free celebrations – from 10am to 12noon at the centre in Short Street, Corrimal – includes local history speaker Bill Fikkers, a children’s magic show, and performances by the Holy Spirt College Jazz Band. This will be followed … Continue reading

Fairy Meadow hydroponic house raid

TWO men will face court after a hydroponic house was allegedly discovered in Fairy Meadow about 3.30pm on Monday. Wollongong Police went to Cabbage Tree Lane following an investigation into the supply of cannabis where they discovered a hydroponic house, and seized 34 plants. Two men, aged 22 and 27, were arrested at the house … Continue reading

Supermarkets ban plastic bags

THE launch of a new reusable shopping bag that will support the next generation of environmental champions and the phase out of plastic straws from sale are among a number of sustainability initiatives customers shopping at Woolworths Bulli, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow will start to see soon. This follows an announcement made by Woolworths Group CEO Brad … Continue reading

Bellambi servo stabbing

A MAN is before the courts after allegedly stabbing another man during a fight last month at Bellambi. About 2.30am on Saturday May 26 two men were at a service station on Rothery Street, Bellambi, when they began to argue. During the argument, a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the chest by the other man, … Continue reading

Balgownie house fire appeal

INVESTIGATIONS are underway into the cause of a fire which damaged a Balgownie home last Sunday.  Emergency services were called to the home on Tucker Avenue, just after 11pm on May 27 and found a house well alight. Fire fighters attended and extinguished the blaze, however; the house was totally destroyed. No occupants were home … Continue reading

Stanwell Park walk route decided

A VITAL link on the Grand Pacific Walk, joining Stanwell Park and Coalcliff, has come a step closer with Council confirming that Murrawal Road will link the newly constructed boardwalk on Lawrence Hargrave Drive into Stanwell Park. Late last year concerns by a few residents over the inclusion of Murrawal Road in the project prompted … Continue reading

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