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

Sydney again rated among the world’s best cities

2 July 2015

Foreshore walk near ANZAC Bridge
Sydney has leapt to fifth place in a new survey rating the world’s most liveable cities. In its latest edition, leading international global affairs magazine Monocle has elevated Sydney six places place from last year and put it in the … Read more

Brett Whiteley to be painted in new light

2 July 2015

Artist Brett Whiteley in his Surry Hills studio (Gerrit Fokkema/Fairfax Syndication)
The first official documentary about renowned Sydney artist Brett Whiteley in almost 30 years will be made with financial support from the City of Sydney. Northern Pictures will produce a documentary about the life and legacy of the late artist, … Read more

Laneway tribute to first woman builder

1 July 2015

A Redfern laneway that appeared nameless on maps for more than 130 years has been named after a 19th century local mum and pioneer businesswoman who is thought to be Australia’s first female builder. The City of Sydney has named … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014