Green Square and City South

Green Square and City South

Village characteristics

  • The Green Square and City South village includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Waterloo, Alexandria and St Peters. It is bounded by Gardeners Road in the south, South Dowling Street and Southern Cross Drive to the east and Euston Road and Sydney Park in the west.
  • The village is predominantly industrial in the west and residential in the east. The area includes Alexandra Canal, Green Square train station and several major business and corporate parks. It also includes the whole of the Green Square urban renewal area and Green Square town centre. 

Total figures

In 2017, in the village area there were:

  • 2,421 buildings
  • 2,326 business establishments employing workers
  • 25,776 workers
  • 5,220,914m² of internal floor area surveyed
  • 16,247 residential dwellings.


Between 2012 and 2017 there were 226 additional businesses representing an increase of 10.8%. The top 6 sectors by number of businesses:

City-based industry sector Businesses
Retail and personal services
Food and drink
Transport and logistics
Professional and business services 236
Creative industries
ICT 159

In 2017 the sectors with the largest growth were retail and personal services, which grew by 129 businesses (42.3% increase) and food and drink, which increased by 98 businesses (50.5% increase) in the past 5 years. Small businesses (1–19 workers) accounted for 87.6% of all businesses employing 46.6% of workers in the village.


There were 25,776 workers in 2017, a reduction of 2,173 workers (7.8% decrease) since 2012. The top 6 sectors by number of workers:

City-based industry sector Workers
Transport and logistics
Retail and personal services
Professional and business services
ICT 2,442
Food and drink 1,923

The sector with the largest growth in worker numbers was retail and personal services, which grew by 850 workers (30.5% increase) followed by social capital, which grew by 732 workers (142.2% increase). The largest reduction in workers was in transport and logistics, which fell by 2,057 workers (33. 6% decrease) and manufacturing, which fell by 1,589 (44.1%) since the 2012 survey.

Floor area

In 2017 the business floor area fell by 39,756m² (1.8% decrease) to 2,197,044m² and accounted for 42.1% of total floor space in the village. The top 6 sectors by floor area:

City-based industry sector Floor area (m²)
Transport and logistics
Retail and personal services
Motor vehicle
ICT 179,789
Tourist, cultural and leisure 133,638

The most significant growth sectors were tourist, cultural and leisure, which grew by 97,953m² (274.5% increase) and retail and personal services, which grew by 88,754m² (29.4%). Negative growth sectors included transport and logistics, which declined by 145,524m² (24.1% decrease) and manufacturing, which declined by 121,464m² (45.8% decrease) in the past 5 years.

Work space ratio

Work space ratios are calculated by dividing the total internal area (m²) by the total number of employees. The average workspace ratio for all industry sectors increased from 80.0m² per worker in 2012 to 85.2m² per worker in 2017. The most intensive use of work space occurred in the finance and financial services sector with 35.8m² for every worker, down from 54.3m² per worker in 2012.

Visitor accommodation

In 2017 there were 51 hotel rooms (45.7% increase), 601 serviced apartments (from zero in 2012) and 341 backpacker beds (from zero in 2012).


  • Housing, pipeline development and forecasts can be found on the City Monitors page.
  • For information on the classifications for city-based industry sectors and space use divisions, please see the floor space and employment survey home page.

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 April 2019