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 1588 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Northern beaches, creeks and parks targeted for this weekend’s Clean Up Australia Day

LAST year volunteers collected 13 tonnes of waste at various sites across Wollongong city as part of Clean Up Australia Day. With the official Clean Up Australia Day campaign date on Sunday (March 7) the nationwide event will see community groups and volunteers clear rubbish from various sites in the northern suburbs this weekend. The … Continue reading

Confused about Council’s food and garden organic waste recycling system? Here’s a few facts

Since rolling out FOGO in November 2020 the community has embraced switching to the new food organics and garden organics system. As residents continue to adapt to the new process, Wollongong City Council has pulled together a fact check that busts some community questions about FOGO. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council has delivered … Continue reading

Businesses urged to register for vouchers to boost local economy

LOCAL businesses are encouraged to register for the NSW Government’s Dine and Discover NSW initiative. The initiative will see NSW residents eligible for vouchers to spend at dining businesses, and on activities offered by arts and tourism businesses. Local businesses must register with Services NSW to participate in the program and meet specific eligibility criteria … Continue reading

New permanent fencing to be installed on Brickyard Point, Austinmer

WORK will begin next month to replace a temporary fencing and improve community safety at Austinmer’s Brickyard Point. Wollongong City Council on Monday endorsed a tender for over $270,000 for the installation of a safety fence along the cliff line at Brickyard Point. The works to install the stainless steel balustrade fence are anticipated to … Continue reading

Stanwell Park’s new kiosk comes up for lease

STANWELL Park’s beachside kiosk could soon have a new operator with Wollongong City Council calling for a “savvy and knowledgeable food operator” to run the sought-after business. The kiosk has operated in the Stanwell Park Recreation Area for about 50 years, with the current building undergoing a major refurbishment in 2018. With its wide verandah … Continue reading

Swimmers advised to plan ahead as carnivals return to local pools

WITH students back to school for term one, swimming carnivals are returning to local pools. To avoid disappointment, Wollongong City Council is reminding pool-goers to plan ahead to make sure their favourite weekday swimming spot is available when they next go for a dip. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the COVID-19 situation is not … Continue reading

Disruptions on Memorial Drive between Bulli and North Wollongong

MOTORISTS are advised of night work on Memorial Drive between Bulli and North Wollongong for maintenance to improve safety for road users from Sunday. Work will be carried out on both north bound and south bound lanes of Memorial Drive between North Wollongong and the Princes Highway at Bulli. Work will include general maintenance, clearing … Continue reading

Northern playgrounds set for an upgrade under Council program

AMONG the first set of works Wollongong City Council’s Playground Renewal Program has undertaken is at Pioneer Beach Estate, Woonona, where work is expected to be completed over the next two to three weeks. Two separate sites at the park, located at the end of Robert Westmacott Avenue features a double swing set and climbing elements, … Continue reading

Bulli Pass closed to traffic later this month for maintenance work

MOTORISTS are advised Bulli Pass will be closed for maintenance work between Lawrence Hargrave Drive and M1 Princes Motorway later this month. Work includes trimming vegetation, clearing gutters and drains, line marking, bridge inspections and maintenance of guardrails signs and safety ramps. Motorists are advised detours are in place via Lawrence Hargrave Drive or via … Continue reading

Corrimal library to cater for special needs families in an after hours program

A NEW program to provide a safe, low-sensory and welcoming space for families living with autism or whose children are more comfortable in a low-sensory environment will be launched at Corrimal Library. Starting later this month (February), Wollongong City Council will deliver the after hours program at Corrimal Library to provide access to resources and … Continue reading

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