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 1532 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Austinmer firefighters set to sit out another summer in cramped station as bureaucratic stand-off continues

AS the bushfire season swings into action a group of Austinmer volunteers look set to sit-out another summer in an unsafe, outdated and cramped station due to bureaucratic red tape. Austinmer Rural Fire Service (RFS) has been battling to relocate from their Buttenshaw Drive station, built in the 1970s, into larger premises for almost a … Continue reading

Thirroul pop-up gallery reconnects artists to audiences this summer

ILLAWARRA-based artists are being given the opportunity to add colour to summer with the opening of a pop-up art space in Thirroul on Friday. Art Space 2515 is the brainchild of landscape photographer Judith Russo to help struggling artists reconnect with their audiences and gain recognition following COVID-19 restrictions. The exhibition space will feature 25 … Continue reading

Thirroul and Corrimal libraries offer Santa mailboxes

TO celebrate Christmas, Thirroul and Corrimal Libraries are offering a personalised mail service for their littlest members to send a letter to Santa. Librarians have built and installed mailboxes so that children can make sure that their Christmas wish list arrives at the North Pole with plenty of time to spare. Want to post a … Continue reading

Car crashes at Sandon Point beach after police chase

A BULLI man has been charged following a police pursuit that ended in the vehicle he was driving crashing in bushland at Sandon Point in the early hours of this morning. Wollongong police attempted to stop the white Ford Focus on the Princes Highway, Woonona, for the purpose of a breath test at about 12.20am … Continue reading

Helensburgh toddlers’ pool closed for repairs

HELENSBURGH Toddlers’ Pool has been closed for “essential improvements”. In September Wollongong City Council finished the first part of stage one works on the Helensburgh toddlers’ pool. Now it’s half-way through wrapping up the remaining works with the pool scheduled to re-open on Saturday December 19. To meet the current NSW Department of Health Guidelines, … Continue reading

Shared cycle/pedestrian path plan from Bulli Railway Station to beach

RESIDENTS have raised concerns over a proposal to provide a cycling link from Bulli Railway Station to Bulli beach. Wollongong City Council has put forward a proposal for the new shared bicycle and pedestrian path. The path will run from Park Road, along Franklin Avenue, past Bulli Railway Station to Ursula Road, following the southern … Continue reading

Heatwave prompts extended beach patrols this weekend

THIS weekend is going to be a scorcher and with extreme heat conditions forecasted, lifeguard patrolled beach hours will be extended in an effort to keep swimmers safe. Professional lifeguards will offer additional supervision on Saturday at northern beaches and pools, and on Sunday Surf Life Saving Illawarra will take the baton. Wollongong Lord Mayor … Continue reading

Police appeal for assistance after ball bearings shot into Helensburgh unit block

POLICE are appealing for information after projectiles were shot into a unit block on Walker Street, Helensburgh, earlier this week. About 3.30pm on Monday November 23, a woman reportedly heard a loud bang in her kitchen, which resulted in a small hole in her kitchen window. About 1.30pm on Tuesday November 24, a man returned … Continue reading

Northern beaches expected to pack again this weekend with scorcher forecasted

THIS weekend is set to see temperatures soar, and with the heat, Wollongong’s northern beaches are again expected to be packed with Sydney visitors. Wollongong City Council is reminding locals and visitors to plan ahead. Local residents and Sydney visitors escaping heatwave conditions forecasted by the Bureau of Meteorology are likely to see parking at … Continue reading

Council adopts strategy to combat climate change

THIS week Wollongong City Council has adopted the Sustainable Wollongong 2030: A Climate Healthy City Strategy and the Climate Change Mitigation Plan 2020 to guide delivery actions and provide high-level strategic direction for the future. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Council knows that climate change and the long-term sustainability of the city are important issues for community … Continue reading

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