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

Sydneysiders stunned by summer blooms

22 January 2018

Devonshire Street, Sydney - 19th January 2017. Sydney’s streets blossom with vibrant floral displays as part of the City’s Living Colour extravaganza. The City have a special
installation in Devonshire Street along the new light rail route.
Summer blooms are brightening 14 of the city’s most frequented public spaces as thousands return to work in the CBD following the holiday period. The summer edition of the City of Sydney’s biannual Living Colour display is now underway – … Read more

Sydney cheers on the Commonwealth Games

22 January 2018

Australian cyclist Anna Meares, first Batonbearer, receives the Baton from Her Majesty The Queen at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay Commencement Ceremony, in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, in London, England, on 13  March  2017. In attendance on the stage were Her Majesty The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Wessex, CGF President Louise Martin, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie, Yugambeh Elder Patricia O’Connor
and Yugambeh Elder Ted Williams
Sydneysiders are invited to and can celebrate the run up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with the arrival of the Queen’s Baton in Australia. The traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton relay will visit … Read more

Arts and fashion retailers meet on global trends

17 January 2018

Knowledge exchange_galleries and fashion week_1
Sydney’s creative businesses will be able to sign up for a national summit for gallerists and artists, as well as fashion industry seminars to help increase productivity and sales. The City of Sydney’s knowledge exchange grants will provide Museums and … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014