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 1685 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Deer control program rids Royal of another 90 feral pests during June

THE ongoing deer control program in the Royal National Park has removed an additional 90 of the feral pests from remote areas through a targeted aerial control operation last month. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Brendon Neilly said the June aerial shooting program conducted in the Royal National Park was the … Continue reading

Police charge man with robbing Fairy Meadow convenience store

A MAN has been charged after allegedly robbing a Fairy Meadow convenience store earlier this year. About 10.10am on Friday, May 14, 2021, a man entered the shop on Cabbage Tree Lane, Fairy Meadow, with his head and face concealed by a hooded jacket and face mask. Police will allege he approached the front counter … Continue reading

Changed traffic conditions on the M1 Princes Motorway at Maddens Plains

ROAD users are advised of changed traffic conditions next week on the M1 Princes Motorway for slope stabilisation and vegetation work. Work will be carried out between Sublime Point at Maddens Plains and Cawley Bridge at Helensburgh on Monday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 13, between 9am and 3pm, weather permitting. A reduced speed limit … Continue reading

Food recycling diverts the weight of 44 truckloads of waste a month from landfill

THANKS to the efforts of Wollongong residents taking on the FOGO challenge, more than 1600 tonnes of food waste has been diverted from landfill between January and April. Wollongong City Council’s Food Organics/Garden Organics or FOGO, provides residents the opportunity to place household waste such as raw and cooked meat, fruit and vegetable scraps and … Continue reading

Northern Illawarra lockdown extended for another week

GIVEN the ongoing cases of community transmission and following updated health advice, the current lockdown in the northern Illawarra will be extended for another week until 11.59pm on Friday, July 16.  The same restrictions currently in place across both Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW will remain … Continue reading

Austinmer bush fire brigade’s bureaucratic battle for new facility continues

THE exchange of unused railway land at Thirroul to Wollongong City Council to enable the relocation of the Austinmer Rural Fire Service (RFS) to a more suitable location continues to be bogged-down in red tape. Despite Council and the RFS working together to prepare a concept design for a new facility in Sea Foam Ave, … Continue reading

Exhibition of coke works’ residential plan should be ‘delayed’ says community group

WHILE welcoming some concessions made to the proposed residential redevelopment of the old Corrimal Coke Works site, the community have called on Wollongong City Council to delay the public exhibition period due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The day before most of the Illawarra went into a Covid-19 lockdown (June 25), Council placed on exhibition the … Continue reading

Bodies recovered after search for three missing fishermen ends in tragedy

THE bodies of three men have been recovered after their boat went missing off the coast yesterday. Family members alerted police at 6am today (Sunday, July 4, 2021), when the boat did not return as scheduled. The men were on board a boat that left Bellambi boat ramp at 2pm yesterday (Saturday 3 July 2021). … Continue reading

Concern for another missing man, who is known to frequent Woonona

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate a second missing man, known to frequent Woonona, who has not been heard or seen from since Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Earlier today police appealed for help to find a man missing from Corrimal this week. Brandon Williams, aged 22, was last seen leaving his home just … Continue reading

Appeal for information on missing Corrimal man

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Corrimal. Brandon Williams, aged 22, was last seen leaving his home just before 3.30pm on Thursday (July 1, 2021). Wollongong police were notified after he failed to return to his Corrimal home and have commenced inquiries into his whereabouts. Brandon suffers from a … Continue reading

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