Sustainable Chippendale

A Sustainable Suburb In the Making

Sustainable Chippendale is a community initiative setup to support the Sustainable Streets and Community Plan in Chippendale. If you are passionate about sustainability we'd love you to join us in getting behind this ground breaking project to establish a practical model for sustainable inner city living in Sydney.

The Plan

To read the plan click here.

The local community and our resident sustainability expert Michael Mobbs have worked with The City of Sydney to explore viable options for creating sustainable suburbs in Sydney.

The current project that is under way in Chippendale gives people the opportunity to tour Michael’s ‘Sustainable House’ and see first hand how for 15 years he has used rain water, recycled treated sewage, harvested the sun’s energy to achieve energy and water bills of less than $300 a year.

Here is a basic outline of the plan:

  • Reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Cool the suburb (e.g. increasing the tree canopy, using different construction materials in our roads, footways and buildings)
  • Introduce more energy efficient street and footway lighting
  • Harvest and reuse rainwater
  • Establish additional road and verge gardens
  • Increase the use of car share
  • Provide improved access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Grow more local food and increasing biodiversity.

 To read the full Plan click here.

  Like what you read? Want to help to make it all a reality? Take action now and email Mayor Clover Moore to ask her to make the Plan a reality soon! - It is easy and will only take a few seconds simply click on the link: Have your say!


UPDATE June 2011:

The Sustainable Streets, Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project Series of Workshops have come to an end for now, the City of Sydney thanked us all for our interest and input so far. 

What happens now is that:

- the city staff and consultants will be preparing a report based on the material that was presented to us on the workshops and our feedback (see resources page).

- we will be presented with the draft report later on this year,where we will be able to have our say - no date was set yet, but watch this space;

- the project will be then reported to Council's Environmental and Heritage Commitee for approval to place on public exhibition;

- project stays in exhibit for 28 days open for community comments;

- the plan goes back to the Council's Environmental and Heritage Commitee and Council for approval of final report.


Questions can be posted in this website, Facebook page or directly to Joel Johnson, the manager of this project, on 92659446 or at


UPDATE August 2011:

The Plan is ready!!! And it is pretty cool!

For a Summary of the Plan click here!

For the Full version of the Plan click here! 

Have your say! post a comment on this site, send us an email or post it on our Facebook Page!

And make sure you show your support by signing our petition on Do Gooder!



 Articles that explain a bit more about the plan:

- Sydney's First Sustainable Suburb could be really cool - ABC Sydney 16/June/2011

- Sustainable Living: Rethinking our roads - The Australian 13/June/2011


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