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 1916 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Disruptions expected during replacement of Towradgi traffic lights

MOTORISTS are advised of changed traffic conditions on the Princes Highway at Towradgi for safety upgrade work starting this weekend. Work will include replacing the traffic light posts and control box where the highway intersects with Caldwell Avenue and Towradgi Road. Work will be carried out at night between 8pm and 5am from Sunday, October … Continue reading

Appeal to locate missing Balgownie teen

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate a teen missing from Balgownie. Caitlynn Goyen, aged 14 (pictured), was last seen leaving a home at Balgownie, about 6.15am on Friday October 14 2022. Wollongong police were notified and have commenced inquiries to locate Caitlynn. Family and police hold concerns for her welfare due to her … Continue reading

Investigations will close Bulli Pass for two days

BULLI Pass will be closed for two days while Transport for NSW conducts detailed investigations into the impacts of severe weather. A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the closures are necessary to provide work crews safe access to inspect the condition of several sites on Bulli Pass where landslips occurred during the major rain events earlier … Continue reading

Man and woman charged after Bulli police operation

A MAN and woman have been charged following a police operation at Bulli on Friday. Wollongong police were called to a unit on Point Street for a concern for welfare about 4pm. Following a protracted operation – also involving officers attached to the Tactical Operations Unit, Tactical Operations Response Support, Police Negotiators and Police Transport … Continue reading

Northbound M1 Princes Motorway closed to traffic for vegetation clearing

MOTORISTS are advised of the closure of the M1 Princes Motorway northbound from Cawleys Road at Helensburgh to Waterfall next week for vegetation clearing to prepare for future work.  Detours for light and heavy vehicles, with a height limit of five metres, will be in place via the Old Princes Highway and motorists should allow … Continue reading

Environmental groups call for action after another coal sludge spill in Helensburgh’s Camp Creek

CONSERVATION groups are calling on immediate action to stop repeated pollution incidents in Australia’s oldest national park after another coal waste spill in Camp Creek near Helensburgh last month. National Parks Association (NPA) CEO Gary Dunnett said the Hacking River, which runs through the heart of Royal National Park, has been impacted by yet another … Continue reading

Teenager charged following investigation into death of 12-year-old boy after Towradgi crash

POLICE have charged a teenager following an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy after a Towradgi crash last week. A Holden Barina was reportedly travelling north on Memorial Drive when it crashed into a traffic light at the intersection of Towradgi Road about 1.35am on Tuesday, October 4. Officers at nearby Corrimal Police … Continue reading

Is this the last chance for Bulli’s Denmark Hotel?

A DEVELOPMENT application lodged with Wollongong City Council by the owner of Bulli’s much-loved Denmark Hotel may be the last chance to save the heritage building. The redevelopment proposals for the former coaching inn has been entangled in red tape for over a decade with the building falling into disrepair in recent years. The current … Continue reading

Investigation into death of 12-year-old boy after Memorial Drive crash

POLICE have commenced an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy following a crash at Towradgi overnight. A Holden Barina was reportedly travelling north on Memorial Drive when it crashed into a traffic light at the intersection of Towradgi Road, Towradgi about 1.35am on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Officers at nearby Corrimal Police Station … Continue reading

Spring school holiday activities at local libraries

THE spring school holidays have taken off and there’s lots of fun to be had at northern suburbs’ libraries. Wollongong Council is offering a school holiday program once again at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said libraries, youth services and the art gallery in the city have been running activities … Continue reading

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