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 1199 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Council endorses a change in ward one boundaries

WOLLONGONG City Council is proposing to adjust  the boundary between Ward 1 and 2 in preparation for the local government elections to be held in September 2020. Council says the change is assure there’s a balanced number of people living within each of the city’s three wards. The changes to the boundary between Wards 1 … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: Wollongong cop & the last bushranger

Originally posted on Looking Back:
This studio shot of the police who captured Captain Moonlight, includes Constable Alexander Barry, 34. By MICK ROBERTS © Captain Moonlite IT’S not widely known that a Wollongong born cop was involved in the capture of the notorious Australian bushranger Captain Moonlite. A real unsung hero, Constable Alexander Barry has…

Have your say on Lawrence Hargrave Drive’s temporary closure through survey

THE community is invited to have their say on potential closures on Lawrence Hargrave Drive while essential safety work is carried out. Transport for NSW Regional Director Southern, Sam Knight, said the Transport for NSW is working to ensure Lawrence Hargrave Drive stays open and safe for motorists in the long term. “Lawrence Hargrave Drive is … Continue reading

Search for bearded man after nine-year-old boy approached at Helensburgh

POLICE are appealing for public assistance over a child approach in Helensburgh earlier this week. Police have been told a nine-year-old boy was sitting near the fence inside a school on Fletcher Street, about 11.30am on Monday (November 11), when he was approached by a man. The man attempted to give the boy a tablet, … Continue reading

Balgownie man charged with allegedly starting a bushfire on Wednesday

POLICE responding to a paraglider trapped in a tree at Balgownie yesterday, have arrested a man who allegedly started a fire in nearby bushland. The man was arrested after police and the Police Rescue Squad went to the assistance of a 61-year-old man who had crashed into a tree in Tucker Avenue, Balgownie, about 2pm … Continue reading

Family movies at Russell Vale golf course this Saturday night

HERE’S something different to do on a Saturday night. Grab the family and friends and enjoy a movie, The Secret Life of Pets, at The Vale Golf Course, Russell Vale, on Saturday night. The Secret Life of Pets is Wollongong City Council’s first Moonlight Movie for the 2019/2020 summer. The family movie features household pets, Max and … Continue reading

Erosion closes popular beach access at Thirroul

BEACH access via the stairs at D.H. Lawrence Reserve, in Craig Street, Thirroul will be closed until further notice after Wollongong City Council found that a rock platform has become dangerously insecure. A Council spokesperson said during a recent inspection of the beach access, staff found the large rock platform at the base of stairs … Continue reading

Have your say about cycling throughout the city this Saturday at Bulli Beach

WHETHER you’re a weekend warrior, a novice with training wheels, or someone who never hops on a bike, Wollongong City Council wants to hear about your cycling experiences at Bulli Beach this weekend. An information stall will be at Bulli Beach this Saturday from midday to 2pm to help the Council review its ‘Bike Plan’ … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Price of Identity

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The officially opening of the Bulli Woonona War Memorial 1924 By MICK ROBERTS © I BELIEVE he would have been there for sure – not in the official party, or as a dignitary, but more likely standing to the back, watching as the Bulli Woonona War Memorial was unveiled in…

‘State of emergency’ as the Illawarra prepares for ‘catastrophic fire danger’

THE fire danger in the Illawarra tomorrow is expected to be worse than originally forecast with the mercury to soar into the mid to high 30s. The NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency for seven days starting immediately as bushfires rage across the state. As a result a ‘catastrophic fire danger’ … Continue reading

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