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

Tunnelling to flood proof Sydney’s newest town centre

26 June 2015

Tunnelling machine arrives at Green Square
Tunnelling is about to start on the first major flood prevention project since torrential rains devastated parts of Sydney and the Hunter Valley in April. A 2.4 kilometre long underground drain big enough to empty 300 bathtubs a second will … Read more

Sydney leaders unite for global resilience

25 June 2015

100 Resilient Cities
In a Sydney first, experts from almost all of Greater Sydney’s 41 councils will today join forces with business and community leaders to develop a plan to help the city better cope with extreme events like April’s torrential storms, and … Read more

Know What’s On in Sydney wherever you are

25 June 2015

What's On website
From major international festivals to your local school fête, the City of Sydney’s new events listing website will help you plan your perfect day out. is picture-driven, integrating social media, maps and enhanced user-friendly search options for tablet and … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014