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

A bid to protect Glebe’s architectural past

7 December 2017

357 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney - 9th November 2017. Bidura Metropolitan Remand Centre.
The City of Sydney is seeking to protect the historic Bidura Metropolitan Remand Centre in Glebe following an independent heritage assessment. Council has approved a planning proposal to heritage list the brutalist building at 357 Glebe Point Road and amend … Read more

Rainbow waterfall heralds new dawn for equality

5 December 2017

Mrs Macqaurie’s Point, Sydney - 5th December 2017. Official media launch of the City of Sydney’s 2017 New Year’s Eve celebrations. From Left: Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, Creative Consultant, NYE17 creative artist, Nadia Hernandez, Rhoda Roberts AO, NSW Police Assistant Commissioner, Mark Walton, Charity partner, UNICEF, CEO Tony Stuart and Fireworks Director, Fortunato Foti.
A rainbow waterfall of fireworks will cascade from Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the dramatic technicolour fireworks would confirm Sydney as the New Year’s Eve capital of the … Read more

Dressing up for a very Surry Hills Christmas

4 December 2017

very surry hills_xmas gift wrapping
Surry Hills is set to celebrate all things Christmas with decoration workshops, free gift wrapping services, live DJ, kids’ entertainment and photos with Santa. The village’s first Christmas festival, A Very Surry Hills Christmas, will bring together retailers, local businesses … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014