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

Preserving Sydney’s heritage is an art form

30 September 2014

Interior of the Black & White Milk Bar, Martin Place, Sydney Mick Adams c.1932. Image courtesy of the State Library of NSW
City streets have come to life during this year’s Art & About festival with nostalgic images of Sydney’s once ubiquitous milk bars emblazoned on banners under this year’s festival theme, ‘Endangered’. The endangered theme for this year’s festival reflects the … Read more

CitySwitch green office awards now open

30 September 2014

Environmentally friendly businesses are being encouraged to raise their profile by entering the CitySwitch Green Office national awards, which recognise sustainability leadership and carbon pollution savings. The City of Sydney-led program works nationally with commercial tenants to make long-term environmental … Read more

How’s this for an outdoor art gallery.

24 September 2014

Art and About 2014 Festival Launch
An art gallery has set up camp in Hyde Park for the world premiere of Neon Nomads as part of this year’s Art & About Sydney. With its earthy roots and futuristic vision, the installation of five, three-metre high tipis … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014