Councillor Belinda Coates


Central Ward Councillor Belinda Coates is a tireless community advocate with a professional background in social work, counselling and psychotherapy who has worked for the past two decades in health and human services, public service and as a tertiary educator.

In 2012, Belinda Coates was elected to serve the City of Ballarat as a Central Ward Councillor. Since then she has held a diverse range of portfolios and committee responsibilities across the areas of community development, city strategy and environmental sustainability. Cr Coates is a strong and consistent advocate for social justice and environmental issues, including serving as a Board member of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance.

Cr Coates brings strong skills to her role as a City of Ballarat Councillor and a Community Development Portfolio Councillor, including professional experience as a lecturer at University of Ballarat in the Bachelor of Arts (Rural Social Work) course, a senior counsellor/advocate at the Ballarat Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) and working in the federal public service as a social worker.

Cr Coates holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Melbourne; a Graduate Diploma Advanced Counselling, University of Ballarat; and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

A lifelong Ballarat resident, Cr Coates grew up in Sebastopol, raised her son here and has worked locally since graduating from University. She lives in Central Ballarat with her partner, is an avid gardener, a keen cyclist and is actively involved in local community arts.


  • Ballarat Friends of Ainaro Community Special Committee 

  • Community Impact Special Committee

  • Audit Advisory Committee  

  • CEO Performance Review Advisory  Committee   

  • Clean Ballarat Committee  

  • Community Safety Advisory Committee  

  • Disability Advisory Committee (Chair)  

  • Intercultural Advisory Committee  

  • Koorie Engagement Action Group Advisory Committee (Co-Chair)  

  • Public Art Advisory Committee  

  • Active Transport Working Group  

  • Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)  

  • Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance  

  • Local Learning Education Network  

  • Municipal Association of Victoria  (MAV)  

  • MAV Rural South Central Region Group  

  • Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)

  • Coghills Creek / Glendaruel Cemetery 

  • Learmonth Cemetery   


  • Finance 

  • Community Development - Liveability