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

Hotel action plan to support growing tourism market

22 January 2015

The City of Sydney has released an action plan encouraging new hotel developments, including more mid-range hotels that are popular with the growing number of Asian visitors. While the city already leads Australia’s accommodation market with more than 23,300 rooms, … Read more

Free collection recycles used Christmas trees

29 December 2014

Christmas tree recycling
When all the festive celebrations are over Sydney residents can recycle their Christmas trees thanks to a City of Sydney service that collects the trees right from their doorstep. The free service helps keep the trees out of landfill by … Read more

De-clutter e-waste before Christmas

7 December 2014

 Sydneysiders have an opportunity to de-clutter their homes of unwanted televisions, computers and other electronic devices before Christmas at the City of Sydney’s free electronic waste collection today. The free and easy electronic waste drop-off day allows residents to pull … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014