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

Free legal advice gives artists more time to be creative

2 October 2015

Robyn Ayres, Director of Arts Law 2015
A series of free workshops will provide helpful legal advice to artists and creative businesses – the fastest growing industry in central Sydney. Supported by the City of Sydney and presented by Arts Law, an independent community legal centre for … Read more

Treasure in trash at Marrickville centre

1 October 2015

Men's Shed Marrickville
Sydneysiders can turn trash into treasure with a local co-operative offering a bigger range of services for reuse, restoration and recycling thanks to a City of Sydney environmental grant. The grant will help the much-loved Bower Reuse & Repair Centre … Read more

Antenna tuned to films from around the globe

30 September 2015

Racing Extinction - Antenna Documentary Film Festival
Urban planning, endangered aquatic species and Aboriginal affairs are among the issues explored in new local and international films screening next month at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival. Some 50 feature and short films from 21 countries will be screened … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014