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

Budget to meet needs of growing city

18 May 2018

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre 3 - City of Sydney, designed by Andrew Burges Architects and Grimshaw (with landscape design by TCL)
The City of Sydney’s $1.6 billion 10-year budget for capital works will increase open space, build major community infrastructure, reduce carbon pollution and provide new facilities for our growing population. The $279.2 million capital works budget for the 2018/2019 financial … Read more

Local acts and venues to shine for Vivid Sydney

17 May 2018

People enjoying rooftop views of Sydney Harbour and dancing at Pie in the Sky - Jazz! Attack Vivid Music event during Vivid Sydney 2017.Cake Wine presents: Pies In The Sky - Jazz! Attack at Holiday Inn (The Rocks), June 3rd, 2017. The newest Cake Wines music event, Jazz! Attack! is upfront, uptempo... a reset on jazz as you know it. We're catapulting Jazz! Attack! to great heights as the third rooftop for Pies in the Sky featuring the incredible Swooping Duck (band behind the formidable Hiatus Kaiyote) join Krakatau, expect an exciting improvisational journey, a recreational "post-neo" trip across planet jazz that only they know how to deliver. Raw, 100% live, 100% exhiliarting. Finally, Preacha and Ed Lyons (End Notes) will step in to guide the day through some rare jazz cuts across a wide catalogue of selections.Music:Swooping DuckKrakatauEd LyonsPreacha
Sydney’s small live music venues and emerging musicians are set to benefit from the City of Sydney’s partnership with Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. As part of Vivid Music, the X|Celerate program will give … Read more

$30 million infrastructure boost for east Sydney

17 May 2018

The City of Sydney is investing $30 million on major projects to improve the public domain and public spaces across the city’s east over the next 10 years. Projects include a wide-scale upgrade of the trunk drainage system to address … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014