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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.
Mick Roberts has written 1945 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Public space recycling bins trialled again at Stanwell Park, Austinmer and Thirroul beaches this summer

FOR the second summer running, Wollongong City Council will trial recycling bins in public spaces at Stanwell Park, Austinmer and Thirroul beaches. This year Council will improve signage, with contamination from waste that can’t be recycled a lesson learnt from last summer.   “Last year was our first attempt at rolling out this program and … Continue reading

Rangers out in force over Summer holidays

RANGERS will be out in force over the summer holidays reminding visitors to beaches, parks, and foreshore areas that tents and structures must come down by 8pm. These holidays, Wollongong City Council will be running a community safety program to discourage illegal camping and dangerous parking. Here are the rules: Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery … Continue reading

Make safety a priority at the beach this summer break

AS the weather heats up and people flock to the Illawarra’s beaches to cool down, authorities are urging the community to make safety the priority when in, on or around the water. Wollongong is home to 17 patrolled beaches from Stanwell Park in the north to Windang in the south, and they’re patrolled Monday to … Continue reading

Two dead after plane crashes near Appin Road

TWO people have died following a plane crash west of Bulli yesterday. Shortly before 3pm on Monday (December 26), emergency services responded to reports of a scrub fire in bushland near Appin Road and Colliery Road, Appin. Following a search of the area crews discovered a light plane. Two bodies were also found, and are … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from The Bulli & Clifton Times

Wishing our readers a merry and safe Christmas. Thank you for your support throughout 2022, and we look forward to continuing to provide the northern suburbs with news and information into 2023. Free subscription to The Bulli & Clifton Times OR DONATE BY DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD Don’t have PayPal? Instead, you can support my … Continue reading

Free cardboard recycling drop-off at Helensburgh and Corrimal

AT this time of year, it’s not unusual to find your yellow-lidded recycling bin filled to the brim with lots of extra cardboard thanks to the generosity of loved ones and time spent unwrapping presents from under the Christmas tree. Wollongong City Council will host cardboard recycling drop-offs at Helensburgh and Corrimal after Christmas to … Continue reading

Helensburgh Library will remain open longer

HELENSBURGH residents will get an extra two and half hours a week to visit the library after the community were asked earlier this year about their preferred opening hours. After community feedback, Wollongong City Council will be extending the opening hours of Helensburgh Library. The majority of the responses from the survey according to Council … Continue reading

Man charged with murder after Bellambi stabbing

A MAN has been refused bail and is before the courts after a fatal stabbing at Bellambi on Sunday. Emergency services were called to Turner Esplanade, Bellambi about 6.30pm on Sunday December 18, following reports of an assault. On arrival, Wollongong police were told two men had been involved in a fight, and that a … Continue reading

Bulli businesses brace ahead of extended clearways

AS the Memorial Drive roundabout nears completion, businesses in the Bulli shopping centre are bracing for the next phase of the Transport for NSW project, which includes extended clearways along the Princes Highway. The clearways will be in operation northbound through the shopping centre weekdays 6.30am to 9.30am, and southbound weekdays 3pm to 6pm. A … Continue reading

Stanwell Park’s new school hall opens for business

STANWELL Park Public School’s new $4.9 million multi-purpose hall was officially opened today. The hall includes a canteen, Out of School Hours’ Care facilities and storage facilities. State MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans said he was delighted to be at the school to see the completed project. “I announced this project as a pre-election promise … Continue reading

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