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 1012 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Scorcher prompts extended beach patrol hours with flags up to 7pm

THERE will be extra time for a swim today, with temperatures expected to climb into the high 30s along the Illawarra’s northern beaches. A Severe Fire Danger Rating is in place for City of Wollongong. Residents should contact triple zero (000) immediately should they detect any fire without a fire truck in attendance. Meanwhile lifeguards … Continue reading

Celebrations for Bulli Hospital’s 125th anniversary, as closure draws near

WITH the countdown on for the closing of the original Bulli Hospital, preparations are well-underway to celebrate its 125 years of service. To help celebrate the 125 years and the closure of the original building, the Bulli Hospital Auxiliary is inviting past and present staff, volunteers, patients and people who were born at the hospital, … Continue reading

Forum to discuss impact of coal mining on water catchment areas

AN expert panel will speak about impacts of coal mining on water catchments at a “Protect Our Water” Forum in Wollongong on Wednesday. Illawarra Residents for Responsible Mining spokesman Gavin Workman said the forum speakers will explain how underground coal mining is damaging the water catchment and how coal mining can contaminate catchment rivers and … Continue reading

Urban greening strategy underway

NORTHERN suburbs’ residents have identified the need for more shade trees in Charles Harper Park, Helensburgh and Thirroul Beach Park. Community feedback is sought as part of Wollongong City Council’s Urban Greening Strategy to help prioritise planting new trees. With many unshaded areas across the northern suburbs, the Council says it’s important that the right … Continue reading

Labor promises $5M investment in escarpment walking tracks

WALKING tracks through the Illawarra escarpment will receive a $5 million investment if Labor is elected to government at the March 23 State poll. Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and Keira MP, Ryan Park has announced a commitment by Labor to create a new link between the Coast Walk in the Royal National Park and … Continue reading

Expect delays on Sea Cliff Bridge today, tomorrow

THE Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) warns of delays on Lawrence Hargrave Drive today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) while crossing the Sea Cliff Bridge. The RMS is carrying out maintenance work between 9am and 6pm today (Thursday February 7) and tomorrow (Friday February 8), weather permitting. Motorists can expect lane closures, traffic control and … Continue reading

Nina helps launch floating beach wheelchair at Bulli

WITH the continuing hot weather Nina Crumpton was looking forward to testing the new floating beach wheelchair launched at Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club today. It marked a huge day for Nina as she has not been able to enjoy the beach since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. “I found out that I … Continue reading

Labor promises to slash Airport access fee to encourage train travel

CATCHING a train to the airport from the Illawarra should be a no-brainer however the cost has been prohibitive with many choosing to travel by car instead, adding to the road congestion around the airport. The NSW Opposition will slash the access fee for train passengers and scrap it altogether for the more than 30,000 … Continue reading

Bulli PCYC hosts safe internet presentation for youth

A FREE interactive presentation to keep young people and families safe online will be held at Bulli next month. As part of Safer Internet Day, the presentation will be delivered by Police to parents and young people at the PCYC Bulli, as part of the state-wide prevention initiative on Tuesday, February 5. Hosted by PCYC … Continue reading

Austinmer War Memorial to be upgraded

Austinmer Surf Club and War Memorial. AUSTINMER’S War Memorial will undergo a much-needed refurbishment over the coming months with the project due to be completed before Anzac Day 2019. The work will include new level paved area for ceremonies to replace the existing uneven and aged pavers and concrete footpath, and the construction of an … Continue reading

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