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

175 reasons to take a trip down memory lane

24 October 2017

Crowds gather in Martin Place to welcome Queen Elizabeth_1954
1842 was a landmark year for Sydney – the City of Sydney was established with elections, offices and all the benefits of a free society, with Council holding its first ever meeting on 9 November the same year. The 19th … Read more

Countdown is on for Sydney Christmas

24 October 2017

Christmas Sleigh  and Lord Mayor through the CBD 2015
Two city centre concerts featuring top Australian performers will herald the start of a month-long program of Christmas festivities in Sydney. The simultaneous concerts in Martin Place and Hyde Park on Saturday 25 November at 6:30pm will feature performances by … Read more

Green Square’s newest street connections unveiled

23 October 2017

Geddes Avenue
Two new tree-lined streets will provide important new connections and improve accessibility in the heart of Green Square’s town centre. Work on Paul Street and Geddes Avenue – the area’s major north–south and east–west connections – is now complete. The … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014