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

New ideas from the school of hard knocks

21 August 2017

What do a cashless café, a motorbike workshop and vegetarian butcher have in common? They are all inner Sydney businesses that have transformed themselves into contemporary success stories. Three business owners will share their experiences of creating new business models … Read more

10th birthday celebrations for City’s Olympian pool

21 August 2017

Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe and Lord Mayor Clover Moore will lead the celebrations at the 10th birthday of the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Ultimo on Sunday 27 August. Families are invited to enjoy the free fun, including swimming classes, … Read more

Bridging the housing gap to reduce homelessness

18 August 2017

A new not-for-profit real estate agency will receive City of Sydney start-up funding to increase the supply of affordable rental housing in the inner city – as the City’s latest homeless street count results are released. Community housing provider Bridge … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014