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

Dive Head On into world of underwater photography

5 May 2015

A SILKY ENCOUNTER – Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, detail, MUST CREDIT Matthew Smith
The City of Sydney will host an exhibition by award-winning nature photographer Matthew Smith, whose stunning underwater images showcase the colour and magic of Australian marine life. The show is one of four photography exhibitions that will feature at Customs … Read more

Sydneysiders invited on a literary journey

4 May 2015

SWF Town Hall event_image Prudence Upton
From politics and fiction to cartoons and chalk art, there’s something to interest Sydneysiders of all ages at one of the world’s biggest and most important literary events in May. The City of Sydney is providing $470,000 in cash and … Read more

Sydney puts its heart into riding for health

3 May 2015

Macquarie St  bike rack for Heart Week
Sydney’s inner-city streets will enjoy some extra love this month with heart-shaped bike racks installed for Heart Week. The 15 red heart bike racks will be placed in key locations across the city in a joint initiative between the Heart … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014