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

Live music takes centre stage at Sydney Fringe

26 August 2016

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31:  The Basics play at Dawes Point on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cole BennettsCity of Sydney/Getty Images)
A world music festival in one of Sydney’s best-loved harbourside parks and a live music ‘crawl’ through Newtown are just some of more than 300 events, performances and artworks to feature at this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival. Now in its … Read more

Green light for Green Square library and plaza

26 August 2016

Green Square library + plaza from Paul Street
A new town centre for Green Square is one step closer after the City of Sydney signed a contract with engineering and infrastructure firm John Holland for construction of the Green Square Library and Plaza. The ambitious $47 million project … Read more

Apartment rating tool a win for high-rise residents

24 August 2016

Zetland - 9 May 2015: Green Square urban renewal project, 2015. New apartment building pictured on Rothschild Avenue and Cressy Street, Zetland.
Sydneysiders will save on household bills and benefit from more energy and water efficient buildings thanks to a new apartment rating tool. The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) apartment buildings rating tool will help developers, buyers, owners and … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014