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

Practical actions for a resurgent live music scene

28 February 2017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31:  The Basics play at Dawes Point on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cole BennettsCity of Sydney/Getty Images)
The City of Sydney will offer grant funding and streamlined planning for live music venues as part of a series of measures to encourage more venues to host performances and give Sydneysiders more options for a night out. Lord Mayor … Read more

Global Sydney business festival an Aussie first

28 February 2017

NewCo Sydney
An international innovation festival to be held in Australia for the first time will see more than 50 leading Sydney businesses throw open their doors to start ups, entrepreneurs and small companies looking to grow their businesses. The NewCo Sydney … Read more

Many ways to celebrate our city’s senior residents

27 February 2017

Happy senior couple sitting in a cafe and using computer together.
Older people can enjoy everything from free music performances and cooking workshops to comedy debates and zumba as part of next month’s Seniors Festival. The southern hemisphere’s largest celebration for elderly people will feature a range of free events and … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014