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

Green Square’s newest street connections unveiled

23 October 2017

Geddes Avenue
Two new tree-lined streets will provide important new connections and improve accessibility in the heart of Green Square’s town centre. Work on Paul Street and Geddes Avenue – the area’s major north–south and east–west connections – is now complete. The … Read more

175 items reveal the changing face of Sydney

20 October 2017

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From city streets paved with wood, gas lighting and livestock markets to omnibuses and horses – today’s Sydney is vastly different from the day the City Council was founded. Sydneysiders can explore the changing face of their city through 175 … Read more

Global startups need to think big for global success

20 October 2017

Businesses based in central Sydney are ideally located to create and grow successful global enterprises, according to a leading Australian startup entrepreneur. co-founder, Fred Schebesta, is a key speaker at Sydney’s December StartCon conference, the largest startup event in … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014