Mick Roberts

A Sydney newspaper 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 is now a senior journalist with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.
Mick Roberts has written 976 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Fairy Meadow man arrested

A MAN has been arrested following a stand-off with police at Fairy Meadow this morning. Wollongong police went to a house on the Princes Highway following reports of a domestic dispute about 9am. On police arrival a 23-year-old man retreated into the house, allegedly armed with several knives. Police secured a perimeter and negotiations commenced … Continue reading

Fairy Meadow Maccas aftermath

A COMPANY has been sanctioned for allowing two unsafe vehicles to be driven in the wake of a serious crash at Fairy Meadow on Monday. Officers from the NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol Traffic Task Force with the assistance of Roads and Maritime Inspectors, began inspecting the vehicles from the company’s fleet at the … Continue reading

Corrimal High School fire

AN investigation is underway after Corrimal High School was severely damaged by fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. Emergency services were called to Murray Road about 5am, where they found the school well-alight. No one was injured; however, the school sustained significant damage. Wollongong Police established a crime scene and have commenced an investigation … Continue reading

Truck ploughs into Maccas – again!

POLICE have launched an investigation after a truck crashed into the Fairy Meadow McDonald’s restuarant today. Emergency services were called to a carpark at the intersection of Mount Ousley Road and the Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow, after reports of a truck crash about 10.45am. Initial reports indicate the truck crashed into several parked cars after losing control … Continue reading

Woonona drink driving charge

A LEARNER driver is facing court after hitting a parked at Woonona and returning an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.310. A man was driving a Subaru Liberty west along Russell Street when he hit a parked Holden SUV about 9pm on Sunday. Residents came out to see what had happened. The owner of the … Continue reading

New amenities block

BAIRD Park in Stanwell Park is to have a brand new amenities block in time for the busy summer season. This week work will begin on the installation of a new amenities block in the park. The work is expected to be finished before Christmas, weather permitting. While the upgrade is underway, the existing toilet … Continue reading

Tarrawanna sexual assault charge

A FAIRY Meadow man has been charged with aggravated sexual assault after allegedly following a woman home from a Towradgi pub. The man, 39, allegedly got into the same taxi as the 56-year-old woman outside the Pioneer Road pub about 2.40am on Sunday, October 14. The woman asked the cab driver to take her to … Continue reading

Man sought after Tarrawanna attack

Police investigating a sexual assault at Tarrawanna over the weekend have released images of a man that may be able to assist. About 2.40am on Sunday, a woman got into a taxi at the front of licensed premises on Pioneer Road, Towradgi. An unknown man entered the taxi and they proceeded to Bellambi Street at … Continue reading

Halloween fundraiser at Bulli

HALLOWEEN has become a popular occasion for families in the northern Illawarra, and this year Woolies’ customers are invited to help other families when doing their shopping in the lead up to the day. Customers at the supermarket at Bulli, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow can play their part by adding a $1 Woolworths Halloween fundraising token to … Continue reading

Man charged with mother’s murder

A MAN has been charged with the murder of 39-year-old Kristie Powell on Friday. Ms Powell’s blood-soaked body was found next to her unharmed five-month old son at her Bellambi home, in Lorking Avenue. The horrific discovery of the new mother’s body was found by a friend just a few metres from her son. Detectives … Continue reading

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