Illawarra residents definitely want the Gong Shuttle to stay, if responses to a NSW Planning Department discussion paper are anything to go by.
The NSW Government released the discussion paper The Illawarra over the Next 20 Years in August.
The document looks at a range of issues likely to affect the region into the future, including housing, jobs, transport and infrastructure.
The department has been encouraging the public to tell them what they want to see in the region's future with a range of techniques.
One of these was "coffee chats", where department planners would set up a coffee stall at the local markets and offer a free coffee in return for people's opinion.
Planning NSW Southern Regional Director Brett Whitworth said that proved successful, with about 170 surveys filled out.
Mr Whitworth said people were concerned about a variety of things.
"Housing affordability has been an important issue that regularly comes up," Mr Whitworth said.
"The need for local jobs and how to improve public transport, and not just connections to Sydney but also public transport within the Illawarra itself.
"There's a number of people who have made comment on how much they like the free green bus and how important that is starting to become to their daily life.
"And how other people are saying, 'we'd love a green bus for our area' down towards Shellharbour."
The department has also spoken to developers, the tourism sector and people involved in economic development.
Mr Whitworth said these groups were interested in developing businesses not traditionally seen as important in the Illawarra, like aged care, IT, and tourism.
Mr Whitworth said there will be more chances for the public to have their say, with a series of five community forums to be held this month.
These forums will take a different approach to the usual town hall-style meeting.
"We're actually going to have people sitting at tables, groups of no more than 10 or 15, and actually engage in a conversation at each table," he said.
"Not only will it give people who wouldn't raise their hand in a public forum an opportunity to make a contribution, it also helps make a conversation spark amongst the different people at that table."
The community forums start this Wednesday at Warilla Bowling Club and continue at Kiama Leagues Club (October 16), City Diggers in Wollongong (October 17), Woonona Bulli RSL (October 24) and Dapto Leagues Club (October 30).
To register for one of these sessions, or leave your opinion online, visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/illawarra.