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 1418 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Is your car safe? Police warning

BY removing valuable items from display and locking your vehicle, you significantly reduce the likelihood of being a victim of crime. Wollongong police are warning residents to be vigilant after a spate of thefts from vehicles in the north in recent months. Police warn that most thieves break into cars because they see something they … Continue reading

Two men arrested at Thirroul after allegedly breaking and entering houses

TWO men have been charged with allegedly breaking and entering three houses – including that of a 97-year-old woman – at Thirroul last night. Wollongong police were patrolling Station Street when they discovered a stolen Hyundai Getz hatchback parked in the street about 1.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). Police will allege a man was seen leaving the … Continue reading

Feedback sought on expanding cycling network across the city

AN additional 50km of on-road cycling routes, and 35km of off-road routes – including 15 new cycleways – is under consideration in Wollongong City Council’s ‘Draft Cycling Strategy 2030’. The document will be available on public exhibition for six weeks after Council decided last night (Monday June 29) to seek community input on the ambitious strategy. … Continue reading

Council to consider future of heritage items at old Corrimal cokeworks

THE next stage in the proposal to develop hundreds of homes on the old Corrimal Coke Works site will be discussed at Wollongong City Council on Monday night. Legacy Property and the Illawarra Coke Company (ICC) have plans for around 700 homes on Railway Street that the developers claim will also preserve significant historical features … Continue reading

‘Towradgi hump’ traffic changes goes back to drawing board

PLANS for traffic calming measures on Towradgi Road, which many believe would have ended the famous ‘hump’ over the South Coast Railway, have been scrapped by Wollongong City Council. A Council spokesperson said the proposal raised “significant community interest”, with more than 200 individual responses. “We welcome the diversity of comments we received throughout the … Continue reading

Noise and traffic counting devices help plan Helensburgh’s future

  HELENSBURGH residents may have noticed noise survey and traffic counting devices in the shopping centre of late. The devices have been installed as part of Wollongong City Council’s research to refine the plan for Helensburgh’s town centre. A Council spokesperson said the noise testing will improve the understanding of vehicle volume levels on Parkes … Continue reading

Solar powered pillar boxes and murals bring artistic flair to Corrimal

CORRIMAL’S public spaces and building facades have undergone a transformation with vibrant murals and pillar lightboxes converting everyday buildings and spaces into creative and inviting places. The project includes a mural by Mandy Schöne-Salter on the Corrimal Community Centre and two murals by street artist Steven Nutall (otherwise known in the creative community as OX King) … Continue reading

Is this the end of Towradgi’s famous ‘hump’? Council’s plan to slow Towradgi Road traffic

IS this end of the famous ‘Towradgi Hump’? Wollongong City Council are proposing to slow traffic along Towradgi Road by installing a pedestrian refuge and speed humps on either side of the ‘hump’, created by the bridge over the South Coast Railway. A Council spokesperson said there have been a number of serious rear-end crashes … Continue reading

Soak up the music from your own car at Bulli Showground drive-in concert

CATCH some great bands and soak up the music concert atmosphere from the comfort of your own car this August at Bulli. Wollongong City Council, with media partners i98FM and WIN and sponsor Horizon Bank, are holding the special drive-in concert on Sunday August 2 August at Bulli Showground. The event features indie folk band … Continue reading

Asbestos removal on Madden’s Plain will cause traffic disruptions on motorway

MOTORISTS are advised of changed traffic conditions on the Princes Motorway at Madden’s Plains from next week for maintenance work. Transport for NSW advise there will be a single southbound lane closure in place on the Princes Motorway just north of the intersection with Appin Road to allow for the safe removal of asbestos. Work … Continue reading

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