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

Australian Life in the frame

23 August 2016

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Hundreds of photographers from across the country have put their creativity in the frame for one of Australia’s most prestigious photography competitions. Twenty-two finalists have been selected for the Australian Life competition by judging trio Louise Whelan, Liane Rossler and … Read more

Night Out in Sydney is all the fashion

22 August 2016

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Australia’s biggest night time shopping event is returning to Sydney, with beauty bars, champagne, catwalks and shopping throughout the CBD on Thursday 1 September. Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out is expected to bring more than 190,000 shoppers, VIP guests … Read more

Sydney ambassadors are first port of call

19 August 2016

Circular Quay, Sydney - 24 July 2015: View of Sydney Harbour. A cruise ship, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House pictured.
The City of Sydney is seeking local experts to volunteer as Sydney ambassadors and welcome international cruise ship passengers arriving in Sydney from October throughout the cruise season. Armed with maps, advice and ideas about things to do, the ambassadors … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014