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 guide provides easier access to arts and events

26 November 2015

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The City of Sydney is sponsoring a new pocket guide, website and training program to allow people with disability or accessibility needs to more easily attend arts and culture events. Produced by NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation, Accessible Arts, … Read more

Sustainability changing cities for the better

26 November 2015

Green Cities 2015 - Connect
More than 800 experts in planning, urban design and commercial property will come together at the City of Sydney-sponsored Green Cities conference to discuss sustainable building initiatives. The annual conference, run by the Property Council of Australia and the Green … Read more

City helps mould ceramic art talents

25 November 2015

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A group that aims to make ceramic arts more accessible for Sydneysiders has launched a new creative hub and website thanks to support from the City of Sydney. Artists’ group Experimental Ceramics Studio is offering opportunities for artists of … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014