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 1199 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Wombarra housing subdivision raises traffic and environmental concerns

OPPONENTS of a development application (DA) for 16 residential lots in bushland beside Coledale Hospital say it will further choke a congested Lawrence Hargrave Drive, and should be rejected by Wollongong City Council. Wombarra Vista Pty Ltd has lodged the DA, which is on public exhibition for comment until December 6, with the Council. The … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Bulli Royal Theatre

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The Royal Theatre, Bulli 1930 ON the corner of Hopetoun Street and the Princes Highway, where Bulli meets Woonona, is a large building that currently trades as a gymnasium exclusively for women. The building originally opened as the Royal Theatre in 1924. The silent film, lilies of the film, was…

Another Lawrence Hargrave Drive closure next week at Stanwell Park

MOTORISTS are advised Lawrence Hargrave Drive will be closed next week for one night at Stanwell Park for routine maintenance work. The road will be closed in both directions between Lady Wakehurst Drive and Railway Crescent from 8pm to 4am on Monday 11 November, weather permitting.The work includes trimming vegetation, clearing drains and litter collection … Continue reading

Heritage protection extended for Corrimal coke works site

AN Interim Heritage Order over the Corrimal Coke Works site has been extended for an additional six months. Council placed the Interim Heritage Order on the site in May after a Complying Development Certificate was issued by a private certifier to the site’s developer. The Certificate allowed for the demolition of the majority of structures … Continue reading

Northern schools take part in combined instrumental festival

STUDENTS from six northern suburbs’ schools will take part in the 50th Wollongong Combined Schools Instrumental Festival at the Wollongong Town Hall on Thursday November 14. This year the festival will feature around 280 performers, and include students from Woonona East, Waniora (Bulli), Stanwell Park, Thirroul, Helensburgh and Woonona High. The Massed Band which comprises … Continue reading

Mount Ousley Road closed to traffic this Sunday night

MOTORISTS are advised of upcoming road closures on the M1 Princes Motorway (Mount Ousley Road) and Picton Road for essential maintenance work later this week. Work will include vegetation removal, line marking, drain cleaning to improve water run-off and guardrail repairs. The M1 will be closed between Bulli Tops and Memorial Drive, and Picton Road … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: A week’s holiday in Bulli – for £3!

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The spectacular views from Sublime Point 1906 NOW that the holidays are close upon us,it becomes a very important question where to spend them, and as New South Wales offers so many places of interest, one is somewhat puzzled. I consider that the most suitable place for a month’s holiday is Bulli, which is a…

Thousands of bikes expected through northern beaches for annual ride

MOTORISTS are reminded of road closures and speed reductions tomorrow (Sunday) for the annual Sydney to Wollongong charity bike ride, which supports people living with multiple sclerosis. Ten thousand cyclists have registered to participate in the event and can choose to join the 82km ‘MS Sydney to Gong’ route starting from Tempe, or a 58km … Continue reading

Toddlers pool closed after problems with circulation system

HELENSBURGH’S toddlers’ pool has been forced to close due to ongoing issues with the water circulation system. Wollongong City Council said the pool is more than 50 years old and draws its water from Helensburgh’s nearby gravity filtration unit. Investigations are underway as to the cause, but close monitoring of the pool water suggests that … Continue reading

Five northern artists finalists in prestigious art awards

FIVE northern suburbs artists are among the 55 national finalists who will compete for this year’s prestigious Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA). To be announced on Friday, November 8 during a gala launch at Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, the award has drawn entries from around the country including Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, … Continue reading

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