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

Seeing harmony in the heart of Chinatown

25 July 2016

Thomas St Upgrade
Chinatown residents and business owners enjoyed a guided tour of the area’s new people-friendly central plaza on Sunday. The City of Sydney has transformed Thomas Street in Haymarket into a pedestrian-friendly walkway and public space, with more trees, lighting, seating … Read more

Urban forest to grow for National Tree Day

22 July 2016

National Tree Day
Volunteers can help expand Sydney’s green, cool canopy for National Tree Day by planting over 2,000 native seedlings at Jubilee Park in Glebe on Sunday 31 July. This year is Planet Ark’s 21st National Tree Day event and hundreds of … Read more

One-man band now a big business success story

22 July 2016

Sydney City Regional Business Award winners with LM Clover Moore
A digital agency that started as a one-man band in a city basement and now counts some of Australia’s biggest corporations as clients has taken top honours at the prestigious 2016 Sydney City Business awards. Sitback Solutions won three awards … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014