Sustainable Sydney 2030

Sustainable Sydney 2030

Green. Global. Connected.

Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a set of goals we have set for our city to help make it as green, global and connected as possible by 2030. The plan will transform the way we live, work and play.

Sydney 2030 came to life after we asked residents, visitors, workers and businesses what kind of city they wanted. People told us they wanted a city that cares about the environment, has a strong economy, supports the arts and that connects its people to each other and the rest of the world. Sydney 2030 is now the cornerstone of everything we do.


We will be internationally recognised as a leader with outstanding environmental performance and new ‘green’ industries driving economic growth.

We will reduce our carbon emissions, with a network of green infrastructure to reduce energy, water and waste water demands. We will plan for new housing opportunities integrated with vital transport, facilities, infrastructure and open space.


Sydney will remain Australia’s global city and international gateway with world-renowned tourist attractions and sustained investment in cultural infrastructure and facilities.

Our city will contain premium spaces for business activities and high-quality jobs in the city centre and support social, cultural and recreational facilities to attract and retain talent.

We will embrace innovation and new technologies to stimulate creativity and collaboration.


Central Sydney will be easy to get around with a walking and cycling network, and transit routes connecting our villages, city centre and the rest of inner Sydney. The City’s villages will continue to be strong focal points for community life and will encourage a sense of belonging.

Relative equality will be improved through increased affordable housing and better access to community facilities, programs and services across the local area. Cultural vitality will flow from high rates of participation in artistic expression, performance, events and festivals.

The City will commit to partnerships and cooperation between governments, the private sector and the community to lead change.

Sydney 2030 in action

New attractions for Sydney’s biggest art festival

9 October 2015

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One of Australia’s longest running and most successful international art festivals will embrace new technologies and provide all year-round attractions following support from the City of Sydney. The 2016 Biennale of Sydney will receive $720,000 in cash and in-kind support … Read more

Students plant greener future in the city’s heart

9 October 2015

One Tree Per Child
School children are helping establish a greener future by planting trees in city parks and schools as part of the international One Tree Per Child campaign. One Tree Per Child was founded by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, the founders … Read more

Green Square growing at record rates

8 October 2015

Green Square lies between Sydney Harbour and the airport
Booming residential developments at Green Square have the inner city urban renewal area on track to grow to more than six times the size of Barangaroo. New City of Sydney data reveals apartments, shops and workspaces built or planned for … Read more

Celebrating Sydney as a great place to live, work and visit

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014