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

Rainbow flag signals start of Mardi Gras

11 February 2016

Sydney Town Hall
The City of Sydney will signal the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival by raising the rainbow flag above the city’s most important civic building, Sydney Town Hall. For the seventh year in a row, the … Read more

Art & About Sydney call out for creatives

10 February 2016

Near Kin Kin_dusk_A&A 2015
Australian and international artists, curators and creatives are being invited to be part of one the country’s best temporary art programs – the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About Sydney. Expressions of interest are being sought for specialists in … Read more

Businessman’s gift of clean drinking water to early Sydneysiders

10 February 2016

Frazer fountain original location 1906 Please credit City of Sydney Archives
A 19th century fountain in Hyde Park that was one of Sydney’s first water bubblers is being restored to its former glory. The City of Sydney will install a new base, plinth and steps, repair the cracks in the mortar … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014