Achievements 2016/17

Working for sustainability

In 2016/17, we made solid progress towards Sustainable Sydney 2030. We continued to provide high quality services and successfully carried out numerous innovative green, cultural, business and community projects. With a healthy budget, we also built and upgraded facilities such as parks, childcare centres and cycleways.

Our highlights are below. You can also read our annual report

A family play in the sandpit at East Sydney Early Learning Centre

Among the many completed projects were the beautifully designed Foley Street creative spaces, the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre, and the East Sydney Community and Arts and Early Learning centres, already much-loved assets for the community.

An artist's impression of people in Green Square, including a cafe.

In Green Square, residents can see their new state-of-the-art library and plaza taking shape, with construction of our highly anticipated $47 million project near completion.

A live music performance at an indoor venue.

Our ongoing work for a more nuanced approach to the night-time economy has resulted in a proposal, An Open and Creative City, to significantly overhaul our planning controls and encourage an exciting, thriving and safe nightlife.

Solar panels on the roof of a buidling.

We recruited 82 medium and large-sized businesses in the Smart Green Business program, which will save 143 mega litres of potable water, 3,142 tonnes of CO2-e and $622,883 each year. 

A family at the free tree giveaway

We continue to increase canopy cover. We planted 716 trees on our streets and gave away 1,200 free trees to residents.

A Meals on Wheels volunteer hands a packaged meal to an older resident.

After 60 years of operation, our Meals on Wheels service continues to deliver tens of thousands of meals each year to hundreds of older residents and people with disability.

A large group of City staff at a White Ribbon event

We successfully became re-accredited as a White Ribbon workplace. Through the 3-year period of accreditation, we were recognised for demonstrating effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, human resources policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace for women.

Two students playing table tennis outside a building of the University of Technology Sydney

The 100 Resilient Cities project, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, develops strategies to help cities thrive as we face the challenges of the 21st century. In 2016, the Resilient Sydney team conducted research to assess Sydney’s strengths, weaknesses and vulnerabilities. In 2017, community and stakeholder workshops informed the draft Resilient Sydney Strategy, currently under review.

A father and his young son riding bikes at the Sydney Rides Festival

We’re promoting active lifestyles and sustainable transport. We’re designing and building cycling connections, and cycling in the city is a convenient and healthy transport option for more Sydney residents than ever before. Bike riders can now get around with ease using our updated cycling guide and map, or with our free personalised route-finding service.

Last updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2017