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 1333 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Try an online book from your local library while social distancing

IN these times of social distancing, you can enjoy books, audiobooks, movies and more through Wollongong City Libraries. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to decide on what to read or view or listen to next is visit the Council’s website. Search the Library catalogue for ideas on what you would like to download and … Continue reading

Russell Vale Golf Course closes due to pandemic

WOLLONGONG City Council has today, Monday 30 March, closed Russell Vale Golf Club and the on-site pro shop. The closure came into effect at 5pm today, and follows the Federal Government’s announcements last night which extended social distancing measures. In addition to closing the golf course, Council has closed its play spaces, skateparks and outdoor … Continue reading

Council shuts play spaces and skate parks in latest coronavirus measures

WOLLONGONG City Council has closed all its play spaces and skate parks from 8pm today, Sunday March 29 2020. In a statement, a Council spokesperson said more than 145 play spaces and five skate parks will be closed across the city. Council staff will continue to maintain the playgrounds and parks during the closure. ”We … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Kennedy Brothers and their attempt at ‘respectability’

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Market Square Wollongong, showing the Governor Bourke Hotel (far left, circled),the two storey Queens Hotel, and, far right, The Wollongong Hotel, in the early 1850s By MICK ROBERTS © THE Kennedy brothers’ attempts at respectability in Australia seemed to have started off on the right foot. The three Irishmen, Hugh, John…

Thirroul woman allegedly nine times over the legal limit with son in car

A THIRROUL woman driving with a suspended licence while her son was a passenger in the car has been charged with high-range drink driving. The 44-year-old woman’s Toyota Hilux was stopped by police on the Prince’s Highway at Waterfall about 4.35pm on Friday and she was given a roadside breath test, which returned a positive … Continue reading

Bulli and Corrimal Tourist Parks shut in latest coronavirus measures

BULLI and Corrimal tourist parks are the latest Wollongong City Council services and facilities to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Council has closed all its tourist parks, in response to updated guidelines from the NSW State Government. The move to close public use of Council’s three tourist parks in Corrimal, Bulli and Windang, … Continue reading

Council offers support package to assist lessees and licensees impacted by coronavirus.

WOLLONGONG City Council has announced a support package to assist Council lessees and licensees impacted by the challenges presented by coronavirus. From today, Council will defer its tenants’ rental payments for a period of 90 days for lessees and licensees who are unable to carry out their normal business under the changes that are in … Continue reading

Thirroul man faces additional charges over alleged child abuse offences

A THIRROUL man will face more than 30 additional charges as police continue an investigation into alleged child abuse in the region. Wollongong detectives undertook a search of a home at Woonona on Wednesday December 11 2019, as part of an investigation into alleged child abuse offences. During the search, officers seized various electronic devices … Continue reading

Police will issue on the spot fines to those who flout COVID-19-related regulations

FOLLOWING the NSW Government’s amendments to legislation, police will have the additional power to issue Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) to anyone found to be in contravention of COVID-19-related regulations. Commissioner Mick Fuller has reaffirmed the commitment of the NSW Police Force to use all powers available to officers to enforce all COVID-19-related ministerial directions. A number … Continue reading

Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal pools to close until further notice

HELENSBURGH, Thirroul and Corrimal swimming pools will close to the public at 5pm today until further notice as Wollongong City Council takes further steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The Council will close its nine supervised swimming pools, from close of business today, Wednesday March 25. The north’s rock pools are considered … Continue reading

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