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

Doctors know best: cycling for healing and health

17 April 2015

SRBC Dr Broome 3
Leading healthcare professionals across Sydney are practising what they preach by joining the Sydney Rides Business Challenge to promote the health benefits of cycling. Medicos from St Vincent’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) and … Read more

New incentives to save old buildings

17 April 2015

New incentives to save Sydney's heritage
The City plans to make all government-owned heritage buildings eligible to be part of its highly successful Heritage Floor Space scheme. This will help government landowners to undertake or complete conservation works on Sydney’s important public buildings. Under the scheme, … Read more

Anzac tradition provides comfort to today’s homeless

17 April 2015

socks for centenary
Sydneysiders are being encouraged to turn back time and knit a pair of socks to help the city’s less advantaged and commemorate those who served in World War I. Organised by Surry Hills library, the Socks for Centenary knitting drive … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014