Jigija is based in the tropical savannah on the traditional country of the Gangalidda People
The Jigija Indigenous Fire Program is operated in the tropical savannah on the traditional country of the Gangalidda People in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.
The spectacular natural environment of the southern Gulf region ranges from eucalyptus and tea-tree open woodlands in inland areas, through to lowland coastal plains. It includes a number of pristine wild rivers, permanent wetlands, extensive mangrove forests and vast salt pans.
The area is particularly significant for its importance as a rich breeding habitat for waterbird and shorebird species. Unfortunately, feral animals and weeds continue to threaten these unique places. There are twenty three flora and fauna species listed as threatened in the Gulf Plains bioregion. Threatened species include marine turtles, cranes, finches, parrots, and the Gulf snapping turtle.
The regional economy is mainly based on cattle grazing with some prawn fishing, mining and tourism. Major population centres are Burketown, Normanton, Karumba and Doomadgee Aboriginal Community.