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

Australian designers go wild at new creative hub

21 May 2015

Object Australian Design Centre launches at new William Street hub
Object: Australian Design Centre celebrates 50 successful years by moving into exciting new premises this week where a gala event will also recognise Australia’s brightest design champions. The launch of the Australian Design Honours will see 50 major design contributors … Read more

City spaces make Vivid Sydney attractions

19 May 2015

Customs House_Enchanted Sydney - artist impression by Spinifex Group
The world’s largest festival of music, light and ideas will this year put Central Park and Martin Place in the spotlight and add a personal Lord Mayor’s tour to its growing list of attractions. The City of Sydney is providing … Read more

Recycling sets tone for greener roads

19 May 2015

toner to tarmac
The City of Sydney is trialling a new environmentally-friendly asphalt blend on city roads that uses old printer toner. The innovative new asphalt mix, uses recycled materials including toner from discarded printer cartridges and is warmed at temperatures significantly lower … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014