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 1470 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Young man loses arm in ute crash at Coalcliff on Sunday

A YOUTH has lost his arm in a single-vehicle crash at Coalcliff on Sunday. Emergency services responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash on the Sea Cliff Bridge, on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, about 4.50pm yesterday (Sunday August 30). Police discovered the front-seat passenger in a utility had his arm severed when the vehicle crashed. The … Continue reading

App gives access to libraries “anywhere, anytime”

A NEW app gives access to the library anywhere, anytime. With all the best features of the library website and a few new additions, the new Wollongong City Libraries mobile app will help members keep track of their loans, search for new items and browse the digital collection. Customers can download the app directly from the … Continue reading

Royal National Park driver’s number plates confiscated

A DRIVER has had his licence suspended and number plates confiscated after being caught allegedly travelling nearly twice the speed limit in the Royal National Park. About 2pm on Monday (August 24), officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on Lady Wakehurst Drive, when they detected a Toyota 86 … Continue reading

Upgrade of the South Coast rail line progressing

STATE MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans joined the NSW Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance at Waterfall Station today to see how major construction is progressing as part of the $600 million package to modernise and upgrade infrastructure on the rail network. The work, which is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s More Trains, … Continue reading

Traffic signal boxes become canvases for local artists

DRIVING around the streets has become an artistic experience with 20 traffic signal boxes in the Woonona, Corrimal, Wollongong and Dapto areas painted by local creatives. The painting project was funded by Wollongong City Council as part of a graffiti prevention management strategy. The program has been very successful in minimising graffiti on plain signal … Continue reading

Winners of short film competition announced

WOLLONGONG City Council has announced the winners of its first Creative Wollongong Short Film competition. The film competition was developed to provide a fun creative opportunity for children and young people of the region between the ages of 8 and 19 years to develop their acting, film making and story telling skills. There was an … Continue reading

Increased surveillance puts illegal dumpers on notice

ILLEGAL dumpers take note. You’re under surveillance. For the past five years the Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) prevention program has been quietly targeting dumping hotspots and seeking to identify offenders. Through the use of cameras, regular blitzes and the trialling of surveillance devices such as drones, rangers are gathering and sharing intelligence, launching investigations and … Continue reading

Bulli Pass detour with Mt Ousley closure

THE M1 Princes Motorway (Mt Ousley) will be closed between Bulli Tops and Memorial Drive, and Picton Road will be closed between the M1 Princes Motorway and Wilton for one night on Sunday August 23 and one night on Sunday August 30, weather permitting. If work is delayed due to poor weather, it will be carried out on Sunday September 6. Transport … Continue reading

Miles Franklin winning author once called Woonona home

AWARD winning author Tara June Winch, who grew-up in Woonona, will feature in an online talk next month – and you have the chance to ask her questions. Winch’s book The Yield was recently announced as the winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award. It also won the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Christina Stead … Continue reading

Time running out to have your say on Thirroul’s new cycleway

If you have thoughts on cycling in the northern Illawarra now is the time to share them with consultation on the draft Wollongong Cycling Strategy 2030 wrapping up on Monday August 17. Residents thoughts are also sought about a project looking at new cycling routes in key locations, including Towradgi and Thirroul. The proposed new … Continue reading