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

From detention centre to surgery theatre, the remarkable journey of one Iraqi refugee

21 June 2017

Dr Muderis - web
Munjed Al Muderis was a 27-year-old surgical resident working in Baghdad when military police marched into his hospital and ordered medical staff to mutilate the ears of army deserters. The year was 1999, and Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath Party … Read more

Bike riding twice as popular in inner Sydney

20 June 2017

Bourke st cycleway 2
Inner Sydney residents are riding bikes at double the rate of greater Sydney, according to a new independent survey. Results of the nationwide survey released today found 20 per cent of people living in the City of Sydney, around 42,500 … Read more

Much needed boost to affordable city housing

20 June 2017

Aerial view Green Square
The City of Sydney has announced new projects to significantly grow the number of affordable rental housing units in the city and help at-risk young people from becoming homeless. “Although affordable housing is primarily the responsibility of state and federal … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014