Mick Roberts

A 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 1840 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Major roads into the Illawarra closed as torrential rain causes landslides and flash flooding

RESIDENTS are warned to stay indoors as a number of roads in the northern suburbs remain closed due to torrential rain. Bulli Pass and Lawrence Hargrave Drive (between Clifton and Coalcliff) have been closed to traffic in both directions with the heavy rain causing landslides. A number of smaller landslides have been recorded at Austinmer … Continue reading

Here we go again! Significant rainfall forecasted over the coming days

WITH the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting significant rainfall over the coming days, Wollongong City Council is working with Wollongong SES to provide residents with the opportunity to fill their own sandbags. Sand has been placed at four locations across the Wollongong Local Government Area, and residents are able to take their own bags and shovels … Continue reading

Bulli Pass shut for a week to allow for emergency stabilisation and drainage work after rain deluge

BULLI Pass will be closed to traffic in both directions for a week to allow for emergency stabilisation work after the recent Illawarra rain deluge. Motorists are advised the Princes Highway at Bulli Pass will be closed between Lawrence Hargrave Drive and M1 Princes Motorway as Transport for NSW stabilises banks, removes vegetation and repairs drainage. … Continue reading

Thirroul pool remains closed due to poor water quality

THIRROUL pool remains closed due to water quality concerns. A Wollongong City Council spokesperson said the recent weather and sea conditions means the water being drawn from the ocean is not suitable for swimming. “We’re regularly pumping fresh seawater in them, in the hope that we can reopen Thirroul, Port Kembla and Continental pools them … Continue reading

Extended clearways will ‘destroy’ Bulli, says businesses, as NSW Government pushes on with controversial plan

WATCH out Bulli, they’re coming! Despite reports the clearway restrictions through Bulli shopping centre had been placed on the backburner, Transport for NSW have announced the work on the controversial project will proceed. A range of traffic measures planned to ease traffic along the Princes Highway through Bulli will include the extension of clearways, sparking … Continue reading

King tides, drenching rain, and wild weather lash the northern suburbs

THE Bureau of Meteorology is warning of significant rainfall and the risk of flash flooding over the next few days, with the potential for landslides or falling trees, and coastal erosion on beaches and foreshore areas. Residents are advised to be extra cautious, and stay out of any floodwater. Last weekend, heavy rains saw roads … Continue reading

Severe weather causing dangerous coastal erosion and rock falls

AUTHORITIES are warning residents to practice caution around beaches and headlands with the current weather conditions expected to exacerbate the possibility of coastal erosion and rock falls. Wollongong City Council report rockfalls and ground movement at headland locations in Thirroul, Austinmer, Wombarra and Coalcliff. Where it is practical to do so, warning tape has been … Continue reading

Plan to re-introduce platypuses into the rivers of the Royal National Park

PLANS are underway to re-introduce platypuses to the rivers of the Royal National Park. Researchers from University of NSW Sydney have confirmed the likely disappearance of platypuses from the Royal National Park, based on results of recent environmental DNA (eDNA). The eDNA surveys – which use DNA found in water samples to paint a picture … Continue reading

North bound lanes will be closed during night work on Memorial Drive

MOTORISTS are advised of night work next week on Memorial Drive between Bellambi Lane and the Princes Highway roundabout at Bulli. Work will include road resurfacing to improve safety for motorists. Work will be carried out between 7.30pm and 5am from Sunday April 3 to Tuesday April 12, weather permitting. There will be no night … Continue reading

Stanwell Park gets new shark observation tower

STANWELL Park has a new life guard tower. The Junior Surveyor Lifeguard Tower for Stanwell Park Beach was funded under the NSW Government’s Shark Observation Grants Program, and presented to Wollongong City Council last week. Life Member of the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association (APOLA) and Distributor of Surveyor Lifeguard Towers, Ken Holloway said having … Continue reading

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