The state government will be offering a coffee for your thoughts today.
The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure is setting up what it calls a "coffee and comment" stall at today's Wollongong Produce Markets in Crown Street Mall.
The initiative is part of the department's plan to gain responses to the discussion paper The Illawarra over the Next 20 Years, which was released last month.
The document is the first step in a year-long effort to map out the region's future up to 2031.
Planners will be on hand to talk to people and seek their opinions about what they want to see in the region.
In exchange for the feedback, people will get a free coffee, said the department's southern regional director, Brett Whitworth.
"We hope Illawarra residents take the time to enjoy a free coffee hit alongside giving their views on issues such as housing, jobs, infrastructure and the environment," Mr Whitworth said.
"Getting out and actively seeking community comment is part of the department's commitment to open, upfront engagement with communities when planning their future needs."
There have been two "coffee and comment" stalls set up in the region - at Spring into Corrimal and at last weekend's Kiama Seaside Markets.
There will also be a stall set up at the Shellharbour Village Harbourside Market on Sunday.
In addition to the stalls, the department will also hold a series of community forums starting on October 9 at Warilla Bowling Club.
"With more than 65,000 more people expected to call the Illawarra home over the next 20 years, planning needs to start now, and gathering the community's opinion on how the area should develop is an important part of this process," Mr Whitworth said.