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

Sydney tops global destination rankings

28 June 2017

Sydney has been named Australia’s number one holiday destination and the world’s number two vacation city in the ‘Best Places to Visit’ list by a leading global holiday research company. U.S. News & World Report travel editor, Gwen Shearman, said … Read more

Record number of firms in running for awards

28 June 2017

A record number of inner-city businesses have been short-listed for an award in this year’s prestigious Sydney City Business Awards program. Nomination numbers jumped from 57 in 2016 to 109 this year after the awards were opened up to all … Read more

School holiday fun at NAIDOC in the City

26 June 2017

NAIDOC children - Credit Katherine Griffiths, City of Sydney
With dance and music workshops, sports clinics, face painting and storytelling, children of all ages can kick off their school holidays with a bang at NAIDOC in the City. The City of Sydney’s annual event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014