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

Shining a light on Oxford Street businesses

28 May 2015

Illuminate Oxford will shine a light on Oxford Street precinct businesses
An illuminating tour of Oxford Street will promote businesses in East Sydney and offer a unique night out for Sydneysiders. Illuminate Oxford features five unique guided tours around Oxford, Crown, Burton and Palmer Streets, an area known as the Oxford … Read more

Town Hall hub is the reel place to relax between films

28 May 2015

Lower Town Hall will be transformed into a movie hub with food and wine bar, lounges, exhibitions, music, talks and activities as part of the Sydney Film Festival. Highlights of the festival hub include a talk on the history of … Read more

Sydney through the eyes of tiny lives

27 May 2015

LSL 14 winner 8_11 category_BrunoDorabialski_Icarus
The City of Sydney is inviting budding photographers aged three to 11 years to submit their best snaps of Sydney for the annual Little Sydney Lives competition. As part of Art & About Sydney, Little Sydney Lives encourages junior photographers … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014