Planning for the future

It’s time to review our Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan. After 10 years of work already, we need to take stock of our progress and look to the challenges and opportunities that our city and its communities will face in coming decades.

We’re creating a plan for our local area to 2050, with everyone who has an interest in our city. 

Sustainable Sydney 2030 – achievements

In the 10 years we’ve been working on Sustainable Sydney 2030, our area has been transformed. We’ve improved liveability by creating new parks and playgrounds and undertaking major upgrades to existing ones. We’ve opened new libraries at Surry Hills and Green Square, and created new childcare centres, theatres and cultural spaces. Since 2004, we’ve completed more than 250 major projects.

Our environmental actions have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (2006 baseline) at June 2017. We’ve also planted more than 13,200 trees to improve our local streets and created 163 raingardens to filter pollution before it reaches our waterways. And where possible, we’ve converted asphalt or concrete into street gardens and planted verges.

We’re building a network of cycleways, improving footpaths and installing a new wayfinding system to help people move around the city.

We’ve welcomed more than 64,000 new residents to our area over the past decade and 115,000 more jobs. The city economy is strong – contributing about 7% to Australia's GDP.

Your ideas for our city's future

While 2050 may seem a long time away, we need to plan now if we are to meet the ongoing and future needs of our communities. That's why Council resolved to look further ahead.

Every day 1.3 million people live, work, study, do business, shop and go out in our local area. All of these people have an interest in the future of Sydney and are invited to have their say.

We'd love to hear your ideas about what Sydney could be like by 2050 and how we should get there.

Community engagement insights

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the process so far. The outcomes of the first phase of consultation are now available.

If you have any ideas, questions or feedback, please email

Have your say

Community panel
Stay in touch and help us plan for the future of Sydney. Join the City’s online community panel.

View all of our Sydney 2050 engagement activities.

How your feedback will become part of the plan

Sydney 2050 engagement timeline for 2019. February to April, community consultation session followed by insights report in May. Stakeholder summit in June and children’s summit, youth summit and people’s summit in August. All these will inform the draft community strategic plan which will go on public exhibition in March 2020. The proposed plan will then go to Council in June 2020 for adoption.

Last updated: Tuesday, 3 September 2019