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

City’s parks provide plenty of satisfaction

27 July 2014

City's parks offer plenty of recreation opportunities
 Residents, visitors and workers have ranked the City of Sydney’s parks in top position across NSW for exercise, socialising, and relaxing in an independent state-wide survey. The Benchmark Park Users Satisfaction Survey scored the City’s network of parks in prime … Read more

Hazard watch: Clean Out catches deadly poisons

24 July 2014

Chemical Clean Out event donations
Deadly cyanide, poisons and potentially dangerous pesticides were among more than 27 tonnes of unwanted hazardous materials collected at the City of Sydney’s July household Chemical Clean Out. There were 526 individual drop-offs on the day, including 50 litres of … Read more

Green thumbs dig in for national tree day

24 July 2014

National Tree Day
Volunteers will be happily getting their hands dirty planting 4,500 new seedlings in Sydney Park this Sunday 27 July to celebrate Planet Ark’s National Tree Day. More than 300 Sydneysiders and visitors are expected to join the free tree planting … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014