People sit at roundtables in discussions during a public forum at Sydney Town Hall.

Talking and listening

We’re very committed to community engagement – talking and listening to our residents, business owners, and people who work in and visit the city.

All of our projects and proposals go on public exhibition so people can freely provide feedback. That is just one avenue of consultation. We also regularly hold meetings and forums to put issues on the table and hear what the community has to say, up close and personal.

The Lord Mayor hosts face to face forums too, to talk and listen to the community and surrounding councils about everything from the big picture to the minor details. The Inner City Mayors Forum tackles light rail, cycling and housing regularly.

Our Let’s Talk Business forums have grown in popularity since they were launched and in 2011 the Small Business, Thinking Big series attracted capacity crowds who gathered to discuss topics as broad as emerging technology, changing customer needs and successful leadership.

On an even bigger scale, our City Talks events fill the Town Hall with diverse audiences who come to hear guest speakers discuss ideas and concepts such as mobilising communities and creating cultural precincts. We also hold a range of other ‘City Conversations’ including Design Excellence Forums which keep us on the cutting edge.

Towards 2030 we are talking and listening to

  • put our plans and proposal on the table
  • learn and teach
  • get the community involved
  • hear what you have to say.

Sydney 2030: green, global and connected. Go to the strategic directions.