About 30 residents attended a Kiama forum to hear about the 20 shortlisted projects vying for a share of the Illawarra Infrastructure Fund.
Of the 20 projects, two are from Kiama, both put forward by Kiama Municipal Council.
One is a $40 million development that would turn Kiama Hospital into a centre for aged care, including the relocation of the Blue Haven aged-care facility to the site.
The relocation would include a bed increase at Blue Haven from 82 to 134.
The council is seeking $8 million from the infrastructure fund for the proposal.
The other project is the continuation of work to upgrade Kiama Harbour and foreshore, which would cost $2.9 million. Council wants $2.27 million from the infrastructure fund for this work.
Of the two projects, the aged-care facility seemed to be the more popular at Monday night's meeting.
John Lennon, of Kiama, said the increase in the number of available beds would be an improvement.
"You might have a situation with Blue Haven, where it's chock-a-block," Mr Lennon said.
"It could be a three-year wait list so people have to move out of the area to find a place."
Mr Lennon said Kiama getting two of the 20 places on the shortlist was "a fair representation".
Kiama's Carolyn Crowe-Maxwell, who is a member of the Friends of Blue Haven, also expressed preference for the aged-care centre, although she felt there were a lot of worthwhile projects among the 20.
"I think everyone would think that their one is important," Mrs Crowe-Maxwell said.
"You can see advantages in all the projects. It's a wide spread, but I think maybe we need more than the $100 million."
Bob Prosser travelled to the meeting from Berkeley, having missed the Wollongong meeting last week. He wasn't impressed with some of the 20 shortlisted projects.
"I think it's a rort," he said.
"Some of these projects should be paid for by the state government."
Mr Prosser felt it would be a better use of the money to spend it "on something worthwhile, maybe one or two projects", rather than a lot of "little fiddly things".
While Mr Prosser did fill out a feedback form listing the projects he saw as priorities, he remained sceptical about how much attention the residents' opinions would receive.
"Whether they take any notice of it is another thing," he said.
"They didn't take much notice of what the public said when they sold the port."
There are three more public meetings to discuss the infrastructure fund.
They are: August 26 at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre; September 3 at Moss Vale Services Club and September 4 at the Shellharbour Club.
All meetings start at 6pm.