Jill Jordan 1945 – 2010 Cofounder of the Maleny Credit Union 1984
Jill was born in Kent, England. Her family emigrated to Townsville in 1951. She studied psychology at Queensland University in the late 1960s. She moved to Maleny in the early 70s where, with friends, she established the Frogs Hollow Community, today known as Manduka. For much of the rest of her life, Jill lived a simple life in ‘The Bails’ which has been a small milking shed.
In the early 1980s, Jill and friends embarked on an ambitious plan to establish Maleny’s own credit union, which opened in 1984. Still today the Maleny Credit Union is the only home grown credit union on the Sunshine Coast.
Jill’s life was dedicated to building strong communities through promoting cooperatives and social enterprises. In addition to the Maleny Credit Union, Jill helped to establish the Maleny LETS in 1987, Wastebusters in the early 80s, the Up Front Club in 1994 and the Local Economic and Enterprise Development Cooperative (LEED). Jill was a Councillor in Caloundra City Council from 1991 to 1994.