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

New artwork gives voice to village dreams

19 October 2016

Crown Street, Surry Hills Sydney - 16th September 2016. Commissioned by the City of Sydney, Village Voices is the latest installation work by local artist Astra Howard on display in the Wilshire Street to Crown Street pedestrian link. The message board features poetry from local residents and is updated every three months. Artist Astra Howard with local resident Coralie Hinkley who wrote the first message on the board.
  A Sydney poet who describes Surry Hills as “a retreat from fallen dreams” has captured the hearts of local residents in an interactive new public artwork. Commissioned by the City of Sydney, Village Voices is inspired by the message … Read more

Keeping our international students in top form

18 October 2016

Speakers at the International Student Forum
Senior researchers and healthcare professionals today shared their expert advice on how to best promote wellbeing and talk about sexual health matters with Sydney’s 40,000-plus international students. The International Education Provider Forum brought together more than 120 representatives from universities, … Read more

Ethics commitment drives business success

18 October 2016

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A Sydney business that built its name on “playing with a straight bat” has taken top honours in the Excellence in Business Ethics category at the 2016 Sydney City Regional Business awards. The Excellence in Business Ethics category of the … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014