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 1632 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Why do you like riding your bike? Youth asked to share images in exhibition

YOUNGER residents of the region are being asked by Wollongong City Council to share what they love about riding a bike. The ‘I love a bike city because…’ public exhibition invites young people between the ages of 12 to 24 years to submit an image that captures what they love about bike riding in their … Continue reading

Work on Stanwell Park school’s new canteen and hall to get underway this year

STUDENTS at Stanwell Park Public School will soon be enjoying a brand new hall. A development application for the project was lodged with Wollongong City Council today. The new hall at Stanwell Park Public School will accommodate a canteen, an out of school hours care facility, and storage. The funding announcement also includes the construction a … Continue reading

Drugs and firearms seized after alleged Bandidos member arrested at Sandon Point

SIX men have been charged by police after prohibited drugs worth $12 million, three firearms and $1.2 million cash were seized following a dramatic arrest at Sandon Point, Bulli just before midday yesterday by the Tactical Operations Unit. Following a joint investigation between Southern Region Enforcement Squad and the Raptor Squad a 36-year-old man was … Continue reading

Mount Ousley Road to close for maintenance work

TRAFFIC will be diverted onto Bulli Pass from Mount Ousley Road on Sunday night to allow for maintenance work. The M1 Princes Motorway and Picton Road will be closed in both directions for vegetation removal, guardrail repairs, line marking and cleaning drains to improve safety for road users. Road users travelling between Wollongong and Bulli … Continue reading

Detours will be in place during Stanwell Park road closure

ROAD users are advised Lawrence Hargrave Drive will be closed at Stanwell Park over one night next week for routine maintenance work. Work includes vegetation maintenance, clearing gutters and drains, maintenance of guardrails and litter collection to improve safety for road users. Detours will be in place via the Princes Motorway and Bulli Pass as … Continue reading

Dog owners advised of changed walking hours on beaches as the flags come down

THE times dogs are allowed to visit orange zone beaches have changed to Wollongong City Council’s winter schedule. This means that dogs are allowed on orange zones before 9am and after 4pm during the winter season. While they are on these beaches, dogs must stay on a leash. Orange zone beaches include: Part of Stanwell … Continue reading

Northern beaches and pools now closed for winter

NORTHERN beaches and some of the district’s pools have officially closed for winter. Swimmers wanting a dip at a patrolled beach will be required to travel into Wollongong from today (Monday April 26). The only patrolled beach during the winter months will be at North Wollongong Beach, with lifeguards on duty from 9am to 4pm, … Continue reading

Motorists advised of Bulli Tops road works

A REDUCED speed limit of 40kmh and a single lane closure of the southbound carriageway will be in place on the Princes Motorway at Bulli Tops next week. Transport for NSW will carry out upgrades on the Princes Motorway to improve safety by installing roadside barriers for about 70m near Panorama House on the Princes … Continue reading

Have your say on proposed bike parking rails at key northern locations

OVER 30 bike parking rails will be installed at 13 locations between Thirroul and Fairy Meadow as part of a proposal by Wollongong City Council to help encourage cycling. To help get the locations and number of bike rails right, Council is asking residents to share their feedback on the proposals. During the development of … Continue reading

Scaled-back ANZAC Day: Popular Austinmer dawn service cancelled

THE ever-popular Austinmer beach ANZAC Day dawn service has been cancelled as the northern suburbs’ RSL sub-branches grapple with a scaled-back commemoration this year. Reduced crowds are expected to gather at various commemoration services and events in the northern suburbs on Sunday, April 25, to remember those who lost their lives in service to their … Continue reading