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.

Cr Coates is a Community Development Portfolio Councillor and is a Board member of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance.


  • Australian Local Government Women’s Association
  • Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group
  • Central Highlands Waste Management Group
  • Local Learning Education Network
  • Victorian Local Governance Association
  • Clean Ballarat Committee (Chair)
  • Ballarat Friends of Ainaro Special Committee (Chair)
  • CEO Performance Review Special Committee
  • Community Impact Special Committee
  • Contract Approval Special Committee
  • Audit Advisory Committee
  • Ballarat West Town Common
  • Coghills Creek/Glendaruel Cemetery
  • Learmonth Cemetery
  • Ballarat Live Music Strategy Advisory Committee (Chair)
  • Child Friendly Ballarat Advisory Committee (Chair)
  • Disability Advisory Committee (Chair)
  • Intercultural Advisory Committee (Chair)
  • Koori Engagement Action Group Advisory Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Active Transport Working Group (Chair)
  • Ballarat Civic Hall Partnership Group
  • Finance Sub Committee
  • Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance
  • Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Water Resources Committee