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 1754 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Fast track the Thirroul skate park, says council candidate

FAST tracking a proposed skate park at Thirroul would help the mental health of young people as the Illawarra comes out of lockdown, says one candidate in the coming Wollongong local government elections. Greens candidate Jess Whittaker is calling on Wollongong City Council to fast track funding to build new skateparks and start the process … Continue reading

Police remove protestors blocking access to Russell Vale Colliery

POLICE have moved-in on protestors blocking the front gate of Russell Vale Colliery this morning. Stop Russell Vale Mine spokesperson Miranda Gibson said the COVID-safe protest was launched this morning as a direct action campaign against Wollongong Coal’s expansion. Early this morning about a dozen protestors blocking the access to the colliery were asked by … Continue reading

Work on widening shared cycle and pedestrian path at Bulli to get underway in December

THE first stage of work widening bitumen sections of the shared bicycle and pedestrian pathways at Bulli is set to start this summer. After a push from Greens councillor Mithra Cox, Wollongong City Council, has decided to have the popular pathway widened at Sandon Point and Waniora Point. Work to widen the path to 3m … Continue reading

Food recycling scheme to be rolled out to apartment blocks with 30 or more units

THE rollout of FOGO starter kits to residential complexes with 30 or more units and existing green lidded bins is underway. Remondis, Wollongong City Council’s waste management contractor, is working with strata managers and strata committees across the city on the introduction of FOGO into unit complexes. Through the introduction of FOGO, Remondis will ensure … Continue reading

Woonona’s Ocean Park, Mailbag Hollow, or Bulli Park under consideration for new northern bike track

A DIRT bike track will be constructed in the Woonona Bulli area, with three sites under consideration by Wollongong City Council. The two sites at Bulli under consideration are located at Mailbag Hollow (opposite Slacky Flat Park), and at Bulli Park, while a third is at Ocean Park Reserve, Woonona. Also, Council is calling for feedback … Continue reading

Residents warned to stick to the Covid-19 rules this October long-weekend

A WARNING has been issued by NSW Police to slow down and follow the stay-at-home rules that continue to apply to everyone living or staying in Greater Sydney, including the Wollongong local government area (LGA), this October long weekend. NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said it is essential that all drivers … Continue reading

Commencement date given for the much awaited upgrade of Stanwell Park Public School

CONSTRUCTION work on the much anticipated upgrade of Stanwell Park Public School will get underway on October 5, next week. Once completed, the upgraded school will include a new school hall, a canteen, out of school hours care facilities and storage. State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans welcomed the news and said he was was thrilled with the progress … Continue reading

Supervised pools at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal to open this long-weekend

SUPERVISED outdoor pools at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal will reopen on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Lifeguards will be on duty at all of Wollongong City Council’s eight outdoor pools, including the Continental at Wollongong. Council’s nine ocean rock pools are not supervised by lifeguards and remain open. Poolgoers will need to book ahead through Council’s website, … Continue reading

Better lighting for public schools at Otford, Scarborough and Stanwell Park

STUDENTS and teachers will see improvements at a number of northern suburbs’ public schools under the NSW Government’s LED Lighting Upgrade Program. The $157.8 million initiative was launched last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is targeted at replacing old inefficient lights in state public schools with smart LED lights.  Where possible, the … Continue reading

Balgownie man facing serious charges after allegedly supplying prohibited drugs

A BALGOWNIE man is facing serious charges following an ongoing police investigation into the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in the Illawarra region. The 44-year-old man, along with a 37-year-old Campbelltown man, were charged after Wollongong police established Strike Force Nitrogen in August 2021 to investigate the alleged commercial supply of methylamphetamine in the Illawarra. … Continue reading

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