Cr Belinda Coates

Councillor Belinda Coates

About Councillor Coates

Belinda Coates is a Central Ward Councillor (since 2012) and is a passionate and effective community advocate focussed on community wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

Cr Coates is an approachable and community focussed Councillor with a wealth of community and welfare sector experience. Cr Coates is a qualified social worker, with more than 20 years-experience, and has worked locally in areas such as the health sector, trauma counselling, public service and tertiary education.

Cr Coates is an inclusive leader and an effective community and environmental advocate. Belinda is focussed on creating a fairer and more equitable community, action on climate change/climate emergency, circular economy and community building and engagement.

During her time as a Councillor at the City of Ballarat she has spearheaded many initiatives on inclusion, arts and culture and climate action.

Cr Coates has chaired numerous advisory committees and action groups (including disability, child friendly, intercultural, Koorie Engagement, live music, active transport, clean Ballarat) and is a board member of Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance and Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

Cr Coates is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Current Committees

  • Planning Delegated Committee
  • Coghill’s Creek / Glendaruel Cemetery (as Trustee)
  • Learmonth Cemetery (as Trustee)
  • Intercultural Advisory Committee (Chair)
  • Koorie Engagement Action Group Advisory Committee (Chair)
  • LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee
  • Integrated Transport Internal Working Group
  • Australian Local Government Women’s Association
  • Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance
  • Regional Sustainability Alliance

General enquires

Community members with matters they would like to raise with councillors should first contact the City of Ballarat Customer Service team on 5320 5500 or submit a report using the Snap Send Solve app or using the Report an Issue Online form in the first instance to ensure the matter is logged accordingly.

Get in touch

To contact the councillor directly, send an email to or call 0417 456 513