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

Storytellers’ festival puts new Aboriginal works first

30 July 2015

Yellamundie Reading, Carriageworks, 2013
Sydneysiders will have an opportunity to see early works by some of the country’s best new theatre talent when Australia’s only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playwriting festival is held next month. The Yellamundie National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander … Read more

Hotel Action Plan to support growing tourism market

29 July 2015

Tourists will have more hotels to choose from under a City of Sydney plan.
Major tourism groups have welcomed a City of Sydney action plan encouraging new and refurbished hotel developments, including a more diverse range of hotels to accommodate the growing number of visitors, particularly from Asia. Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), the Tourism … Read more

New school crossing improves safety for all

29 July 2015

LM Clover Moore and Ultimo student Phaedra Hamer safely cross Jones St
A new pedestrian crossing at an inner-city traffic ‘black spot’ has been hailed a potential life-saver by the parents of students from a nearby school. The City of Sydney installed crossing lights and changed traffic conditions to make it safer … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014