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

Say YES to love for everyone

24 February 2017

Mardi Gras Parade 2016, 5th March.
The City of Sydney will show its support for creating equality at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade with a “Say Yes To Love” parade entry. Created by designer Genevieve Blanchett, the entry features a giant inflatable map … Read more

Homelessness taskforce needed to address inner city rough sleeping

24 February 2017

The City of Sydney is calling for a multi-agency taskforce to tackle homelessness in the inner city after its latest street count, conducted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, found 433 people sleeping rough. The number is down from … Read more

Embracing digital change to capture Asian markets

23 February 2017

Alibaba Group, the world’s largest retailer, has urged Sydney businesses to embrace new technologies and capitalise on the city’s world-class reputation to drive international e-commerce growth. Speaking today at the City of Sydney’s Future Asia Business Summit, Managing Director of … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014