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

Teenagers’ close encounter with shark at Waniora Point, Bulli

    Incredible footage has surfaced of teenage siblings’ close encounter with a shark while snorkelling off Waniora Point, Bulli on Sunday. The video shows the shark following close to the pair before turning quickly away. The two teenagers were left shaken after the incident. Taia Hanley, 16, and sibling, Baxter, 13, were out spearfishing … Continue reading

Musicians produce song and video to promote Make Music Day

LOCAL musicians, and music, have been given a boost through the development of a new song and video which is being launched to promote Make Music Day on Sunday June 21. Originating in France 38 years ago, Make Music Day is an international event, with support of the initiative stretching across more than 750 cities … Continue reading

Thousands welcome re-opening of libraries across the region

SINCE opening their doors on June 2, Wollongong City Libraries have welcomed back more than 2,900 customers who have borrowed some 14,370 items including books, magazines and DVDs. These visits and loans have been welcomed by Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery who said libraries play a special place in many people’s lives. “We knew that … Continue reading

Council rangers on the job as more vehicles return to region’s roads

Residents lucky to escape metal missile after Woonona recycling explosion

SHOCKED residents of Railway Parade Woonona were lucky to have escaped injury this morning when a large metal cylinder shot like a missile from a recycling plant, across the main South Coast railway and embedded into the footpath outside their homes. Fire and Rescue NSW were called to a metal recycling business on York Place … Continue reading

Lawrence Hargrave Drive to close for almost three months from next week

MOTORISTS are reminded Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park will be closed next week for almost three months to carry out slope repairs. The work requires Lawrence Hargrave Drive to be closed in both directions between Otford Road/Lady Wakehurst Drive and Chellow Dene Avenue. Lawrence Hargrave Drive will be closed from 9am Monday June 15 … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Garie ‘gold rush’

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Hanley’s Centennial Hotel, Helensburgh, 1925. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University. By MICK ROBERTS © Mick and son, Peter Hanley at the bar of the Cabbage Tree Hotel, Fairy Meadow in 2003. Picture: Mick Roberts Collection A FORMER police officer, and one time host of the Cabbage Tree Hotel…

Man arrested by police at Towradgi over three alleged weekend robberies

A MAN arrested at Towradgi last night will face court charged with three alleged armed robberies over the weekend. About 11pm on Friday (June 5), a man entered a service station on Towradgi Road, Towradgi, and allegedly threatened the attendant, demanding cash. The employee placed cash, cigarettes, and mobile phones in a bag before the … Continue reading

Body of missing man recovered from the ocean near Corrimal this afternoon

THE body of a man who went missing after a boat capsized in the ocean at Bulli yesterday has been recovered. The boat, carrying four people, capsized near Waniora Point about 6.20pm yesterday (Saturday June 6). Wollongong police with assistance from the Marine Area Command, PolAir, the Toll Ambulance helicopter, Marine Rescue and Surf Life … Continue reading

Child’s body found in capsized boat off Bulli, search for missing man continues

THE body of a child has been recovered from a capsized boat during a search off Bulli today. About 6.20pm yesterday (Saturday June 6), a boat carrying four people capsized off Waniora Point, near the Bulli ocean pools. Wollongong police – with assistance from the Marine Area Command, PolAir, the Toll Ambulance helicopter, Marine Rescue … Continue reading

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