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 1754 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Maintenance work to start on Austinmer and Towradgi ocean pools

AHEAD of the warmer summer weather, Wollongong City Council is carrying out some essential maintenance to Austinmer and Towradgi rock pools. At Austinmer the works will be phased to minimise disruption to users, with the northern pool remaining open throughout the whole project. The first phase, started on Thursday, focussed on repair works to the … Continue reading

Road closure at Otford for maintenance work

ROAD users are advised of the closure of Lady Wakehurst Drive next week, between McKell Avenue and Otford lookout for maintenance work to be carried out. The road will be closed in both directions between 8am and 3pm from Tuesday November 2 to Thursday November 4, weather permitting. Maintenance work including general maintenance, guardrail repairs, … Continue reading

Feedback sought on cycleway plan along Princes Highway between Fairy Meadow and North Wollongong

FEEDBACK is sought by Wollongong City Council on a draft design for a shared pathway along the Princes Highway, between Fairy Meadow and North Wollongong. The NSW Government is working with councils to fund and deliver cycleways and shared paths alongside regional and state roads, including the Princes Highway. Council is also working with Transport … Continue reading

Recycling bins to be trialed at Thirroul and Stanwell Park beaches

RECYCLING bins will be making their debut this weekend in Stanwell Park and Thirroul foreshore areas as part of a new trial program by Wollongong City Council. The introduction of the yellow-lidded recycling bins to the popular spaces is part of Council’s strategy to improve foreshore areas and to get a better understanding of community … Continue reading

Woman charged at Corrimal with high range drink driving

A WOMAN has been charged at Corrimal Police Station with high range drink driving after allegedly returning a reading of 0.337. Just after 3.30pm on Wednesday, Wollongong Highway Patrol stopped a Mazda 3 on Storey Street, Fairy Meadow, due to the manner of driving. Police will allege the vehicle was driven on the incorrect side … Continue reading

Teens arrested in connection with the theft of Bulli Surf Club’s beach buggy

TWO teenagers have been arrested after $23,000 worth of equipment was allegedly stolen from Bulli Surf Club over the weekend. About 3.15am on Sunday, police were alerted after a buggy was allegedly stolen and driven on Bulli Beach before getting bogged in the sand. Wollongong police attended a short time later and found the buggy … Continue reading

Pram protest against colliery expansion highlights ‘duty of care’ to children

OVER 50 children’s prams lined the driveway of the Russell Vale Mine on Monday morning as a protest demonstration against the expansion of the colliery. The concerned Illawarra mothers, fathers and grandparents accompanying the prams were protesting Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s approval of the expansion of the Russell Vale Colliery. Along with a series … Continue reading

Ocean wind farms off the Illawarra coast? Council paves the way

WOLLONGONG City Council has signalled its support for developing an offshore wind industry off the Illawarra coastline. The Council has thrown its unanimous support behind Greens councillor Mithra Cr Cox’s motion at Monday night’s meeting, welcoming a proposal from wind farm company OceanX, and committing to ensure it has all the regulatory pathways in place … Continue reading

Authorities warn of influx of visitors to northern beaches with Covid restrictions eased

RESIDENTS should expect an influx of day trippers to northern beaches with the easing of restrictions on the double vaccinated. While Monday October 11 marked the change to selected COVID-19 restrictions for the double vaccinated, Wollongong City Council is asking residents to remain cautious. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery has welcomed the reduction in infection … Continue reading

Activists plan another protest against expansion plans for Russell Vale Colliery

ENVIRONMENTAL activists from the Illawarra Climate Justice Alliance (ICJA) plan to protest the expansion of Wollongong Coal’s Russell Vale colliery this Saturday morning, October 16. Along with a series of other coal projects, federal environment minister Sussan Ley approved the expansion of mining operations at the site in September, despite a Federal Court ruling that … Continue reading

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