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 1586 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Wollongong becomes first city in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded the UCI bike label status

THE City of Wollongong has ridden into rarefied company, becoming the only city in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded the prestigious UCI Bike City Label status. Announced by the world governing body for cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), in Switzerland overnight, Wollongong is one of 18 global cities or regions granted the prestigious … Continue reading

Teen allegedly clocked driving through Royal National Park at over 135kmh

A TEENAGE driver has been fined $2,520 and lost six demerit points after allegedly being caught speeding in the Royal National Park. About 5pm yesterday (Wednesday February 3), a black Ford Focus was travelling along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, Royal National Park, allegedly travelling up to 138kmh in a sign-posted 80kmh zone. Officers attached to … Continue reading

Proposal for 95 dwellings, including a five-storey building on old Bulli Bowling Club site, rejected by Council

A PROPOSAL to have the old Bulli Bowling Club site rezoned from private recreation to allow for almost 100 residential dwellings to be built has been labelled an “overdevelopment” and rejected by Wollongong City Council on Monday night. Councillors unanimously rejected an application to rezone the site for a mixed-use development consisting of three, four, … Continue reading

Russell Vale golf course to get new $600,000 pro shop and amenities building

GOLFERS will get a new $600,000 pro shop and amenities block after Wollongong City Council on Monday night accepted the tender of Davone Constructions to replace the ageing facility at Russell Vale. The new facilities will replace old repurposed demountable buildings that are fast approaching their end of service life at The Vale Golf Course. … Continue reading

Mount Ousley Road closed for two nights next month for essential repairs

MOUNT Ousley Road, or the M1 Princes Motorway, will be closed between Bulli Tops and Memorial Drive for two separate nights next month. Transport for NSW says the closure of the road will allow the safe removal of vegetation, guardrail repairs, line marking and the cleaning of drains to improve water run-off. Motorists travelling between … Continue reading

School speed zones back in force as students return to the classroom

MOTORISTS are advised that school zone speed limits are back in force as students return to the classroom. Wollongong City Council is warning motorists that its compliance team will be patrolling roads surrounding schools to provide safety education for those breaking regulations, and – if needed – will be taking regulatory action, as children return … Continue reading

Man charged by police after allegedly photographing girls at Towradgi

A MAN has been charged after allegedly taking photographs of girls at Towradgi and Wollongong. Police were called to Wollongong Harbour about 3pm on Tuesday, January 26, following reports a man was photographing girls as they were swimming. Wollongong police attended and spoke with a 52-year-old man, who had been apprehended by members of the public. … Continue reading

Get set for another congested Lawrence Hargrave Drive this long weekend

HEAVIER than normal traffic along Lawrence Hargrave Drive is expected this holiday long weekend with Transport for NSW warning motorists to plan ahead and police undertake Operation Australia Day. The prediction of hot and sunny weather this weekend means roads may be busier than usual as people travel to the coast. Motorists are advised to … Continue reading

Beach patrols extended ahead of high temperatures this weekend

JANUARY is heating up, with the weather this Friday and over the weekend leading into Australia Day forecast to be extremely hot across the Illawarra. Due to high temperatures, lifeguard patrolled beach hours will be extended for Friday, Saturday and Monday. Wollongong City Council will also be supporting Surf Life Saving Illawarra on Sunday and … Continue reading

Unaccompanied learner charged with high range drink driving – Towradgi

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with high range drink driving after he was stopped on Pioneer Road, Towradgi over the weekend. Operation Fume was conducted by officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command on Friday 15 January 2021, targeting alcohol and drug driving throughout Wollongong Police District. Throughout the course of the operation, … Continue reading

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