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 1524 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Russell Vale film night postponed due to weather

THE outdoor screening of Hotel Transylvania today (Friday November 13) at Russell Vale has been postponed by Wollongong City Council due to the forecast for potentially severe thunderstorms. The family-friendly movie was due to be screened at The Vale Golf Course from 7pm. Council has contacted all those who have purchased tickets for the event, and we … Continue reading

Refurbished Towradgi rock pool reopens in time for summer

AFTER a closure of six months the Towradgi Rock Pool has reopened to the public in time for summer. The pool was closed to the public in May while extensive upgrade works got underway. The project included, replacing  the main concourse slabs, replacing the lower concourse slabs and walls, repairs to the toddlers pool, new handrails, … Continue reading

Woonona arrests after stolen vehicle pursuit

THREE men have been charged following a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle through Bellambi and Woonona yesterday. A white Audi Q7, suspected stolen, was spotted by Wollongong Highway Patrol travelling on Waley Crescent, Bellambi, about 3.50pm on Friday November 6, when a pursuit was initiated. The Audi travelled north on Morgan Place before allegedly … Continue reading

Council defers Corrimal Coke Works residential plan

THE draft planning proposal for the former Corrimal Coke Works site has been deferred as Wollongong City Council calls for further revisions to the proposed redevelopment. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that this decision was about listening to the concerns of community members while allowing the development to progress to the next stage. “We … Continue reading

Council’s $800 million ‘to-do-list’ underway throughout the city

SINCE the adoption of Wollongong City Council’s Delivery Program 2018-2022 and Operational Plan 2020-2021 in June, work has got underway ticking off the $800 million infrastructure ‘to-do list’. Wollongong Acting Lord Mayor Tania Brown said at the last meeting of Council close to $4 million in tenders for a range of projects was given the … Continue reading

Organic food recycling about to begin in the northern suburbs

WITH only a few weeks until food waste can be recycled in green-lidded organics bins, northern suburbs residents are being asked to make sure that their households are FOGO ready. Starting November 16, Wollongong City Council will be rolling out the Food Organics and Garden Organics service — or FOGO — with the delivery of … Continue reading

Friday 13th family movie night at Russell Vale Golf Course

LEAVE your black cats and broken mirrors at home this upcoming Friday 13th and head to the Russell Vale Golf Course, for a family friendly movie, Hotel Transylvania. Suitable for the entire family, Hotel Transylvania, features the voices of Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler. The screening will begin at 8pm on November 13, … Continue reading

Mount Ousley Road closed overnight next weekend

THE M1 Princes Motorway will be closed between Bulli Tops and Memorial Drive overnight next weekend, weather permitting. As part of work to include vegetation removal, guardrail repairs, line marking and cleaning drains to improve water run-off,  Picton Road will also be closed between the M1 Princes Motorway and Wilton. The roads will be closed in … Continue reading

Lawrence Hargrave Drive closed for night works

MAINTENANCE work on Lawrence Hargrave Drive between Chellow Dene Avenue and Lady Wakehurst Drive at Stanwell Park will be carried out for two nights next week, weather permitting. Work will include vegetation removal, guardrail repairs, line marking and cleaning drains to improve water run-off. The road will be closed in both directions between 8pm and 4am … Continue reading

Five new ‘on-call’ firefighters for northern stations

AMONG the 264 who graduated from the Fire and Rescue NSW Emergency Services Academy today, five will be making their way to stations at Helensburgh, Scarborough, Thirroul and Balgownie as retained or on-call firefighters. FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter congratulated the new recruits at today’s ceremony. “Becoming a firefighter is no easy feat. We attract 6-8,000 … Continue reading

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