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 1788 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Man remains in critical condition after Woonona surf rescue on Saturday

A MAN remains in a critical condition after three people were pulled from the surf, north of Collins Point, Woonona yesterday. About 3.30pm on Saturday (January 15, 2022), emergency services were called to the beach fronting Ocean Park after reports three people were seen struggling in a rip about 100m offshore. The swimmers were brought … Continue reading

Illawarra beaches closed after tsunami warning issued for parts of Australia’s east coast

ILLAWARRA’S beaches remain closed today after a tsunami warning was issued for parts of the east coast of Australia last night. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano (near Tonga) erupted at 3.10pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Tsunami waves have been observed as a result of the eruption. A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said the size … Continue reading

Delays expected during Princes Motorway resurfacing work at Helensburgh and Waterfall

ROAD users are advised of changed traffic conditions from next week to carry out resurfacing work on the Princes Motorway near Helensburgh and Waterfall. One of two northbound lanes will be closed during work hours and road users are advised to allow up to 10 minutes additional travel time. Traffic control and a reduced speed … Continue reading

Man disqualified from driving until 2041 charged with speeding and driving recklessly at Corrimal

A BELLAMBI man, disqualified from driving until 2041, has been charged after a police pursuit on Tuesday. The police highway patrol stopped a silver Holden sedan travelling on Rothery Street Corrimal about 5pm on Tuesday. Checks revealed the man behind the wheel was disqualified from driving until 2041. The driver was directed to pull over; … Continue reading

Crack down on illegal camping and parking over holiday period

A CRACK down on illegal camping and dangerous parking will be undertaken at beaches, reserves and parks over the holiday period. Wollongong City Council rangers will be out and about to ensure visitors are aware of restrictions, including the ban on camping and staying overnight at parks or reserves. Penalties apply for illegal camping and … Continue reading

Warning to stay alert on the beach ahead of forecasted rainy swim season

SANDON Point, Coledale and Bellambi have an extra hour of beach patrols from Monday to Saturday to give swimmers more time for a dip during summer. Wollongong City Council’s lifeguards are stationed at 17 beaches between Stanwell Park and Windang on week days and Saturdays, while Surf Life Saving volunteers patrol on Saturdays and Sundays … Continue reading

New dirt bike tracks at Bulli and Fairy Meadow completed and open for riders

NEW dirt bike tracks have been opened at Bulli and Fairy Meadow in time for Christmas. The Wollongong City Council project also includes a new track at West Dapto. The three tracks were designed to give opportunities for young riders to improve their skills. Council’s director of infrastructure and works, Joanne Page said each track … Continue reading

Further rail disruptions expected Monday and Tuesday as industrial action continues

RAIL Tram and Bus Union members will take industrial action from 8pm Monday to 4am Tuesday in a continuing campaign for improved pay and conditions. The action will disrupt regional rail services through to Tuesday morning and have flow on effects to passenger and freight services across the state. In order to ensure safety and … Continue reading

Thirroul escapes parking loss, while Bulli braces for extended clearways under NSW Government plan

WHILE Thirroul seems to have won a reprieve from plans by Transport for NSW to remove parking through its shopping centre, Bulli business owners are bracing themselves for the impacts of the likely possibility of extended clearways through the historic town centre. Extended clearways, one-way streets and traffic changes at key congestion intersections are measures … Continue reading

Paraglider rescued from tree at Stanwell Tops

A PARAGLIDER who crashed into a tree has been rescued this afternoon at Stanwell Tops. Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews joined NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and State Emergency Service crews to reach the 30-year-old man, who veered off course from the nearby paragliding launch pad around 12.30pm. The paraglider found himself stuck in the … Continue reading

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