Most of the key infrastructure projects affecting the Illawarra have been on the agenda for years.
Whether it's the Maldon-Dombarton rail link, the location of the second Sydney airport and even the dream of the F6 extension from Waterfall to St Peters, they are projects that have long been on the region's wish-list.
One of the relatively new infrastructure projects is the National Broadband Network. The federal program aims to provide everyone with access to high speed broadband, replacing the ageing copper network with optic fibre.
Kiama was one of the test areas for the network and this week became the first mainland town to be fully hooked up to the NBN. Construction has started in the Wollongong CBD and surrounding areas, and north from Tarrawanna to Woonona. In the south, aside from the West Dapto-Kanahooka areas, most residents are about three years away from construction.
One project that has appeared late in the election campaign is the high-speed rail line from Brisbane to Melbourne, via Sydney and Canberra.
Kevin Rudd put this back on the agenda this week, promising $52 million.
Wollongong would not be a stop on the proposed rail line as the cost of tunnels would be too expensive.
Instead, our closest stop would be in the Southern Highlands, near Mittagong.
The rail line wouldn't be fully operational until 2035, and it is understood that the first section built may be Sydney to Canberra.
That would benefit the Illawarra because that route would include the Southern Highlands stop.
The predicted $114 billion rail line cost makes the second Sydney airport look cheap at under $4 billion.
One of the two sites for the airport is Wilton - the other Badgerys Creek in western Sydney. Both major parties are divided on Badgerys Creek, which means that Wilton remains a potential site, even though a government-commissioned study found that building an airport there would involve environmental and engineering challenges and would also cost more than at Badgerys Creek.
The Maldon-Dombarton rail link is another on our long-term infrastructure agenda. The 35-kilometre link between Maldon in the Southern Highlands and Dombarton near Port Kembla would allow freight to and from Port Kembla on rail rather than road, reducing truck movements.
The federal government has spent $25.5 million in planning work for the line, and Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promised an extra $50 million this week to help attract private investment.
Building the F6 extension from Waterfall into St Peters would make an enormous difference to commuters who drive to Sydney - and also offer some peace and quiet to those who live along the Princes Highway in Sydney's south.
TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think is the single most crucial piece of infrastructure that the Illawarra needs?