The Greens understand that the Kimberley's natural environment is the source of its people's well-being and wealth, both economic and spiritual.
In a planet under stress, the Kimberley is unique as a place still largely unspoilt by heavy industry.
However, the region also faces a number of serious, cumulative pressures, including climate change, large wild fires, feral animals and weeds, overgrazing as well as ad hoc and incompatible development.
The Kimberley faces another threat - from policy makers who see it as a new frontier to be exploited with large scale agricultural and industrial projects that will irreversibly alter the landscape and the communities that are sustained by it.
These proposals by other parties treat the Kimberley, and in fact all of Northern Australia as a source of new economic resources to sustain the rest of the nation, without regard for the aspirations of many of the people who are living there right now.
The Greens recognise that the people sharing this astonishing land and seascape are already working for a better future.
Growing industries include aquaculture and horticulture, agriculture, Aboriginal environmental management and the beginnings of the carbon economy, as well as a rich and diverse performance and visual arts community. Over the last two decades there has been an extraordinary growth in tourism and its spinoffs for local businesses. The value of tourism to the region in 2009 was $276M. Compared to other industries (aquaculture $67M, Fishing $9.8M, Pearling $64M), it is a major economic driver that should be further developed through investment, not overwhelmed by industrialization. Innovative agriculture is making the most of the current resources without disrupting existing waterways. Meanwhile, health and social services remain one of the largest employers overall.
There is also unlimited potential in the new and emerging industries such as renewable energy. The national broadband network provides new opportunities in information technology and education. There is also great scope for basing more scientific research centres in the region.
This is where the future of the Kimberley lies and this is why the Greens support and encourage investment in tomorrow's, not yesterday's industries.
JAMES PRICE POINT UPDATE: A phenomenal campaign has shelved the plans for a massive gas hub on James Price Point - for now at least. Brilliant news! And congratulations to everyone involved.
We're happy to have been part of the campaign every step of the way. Here's a little bit about what we've fought together to save:
James Price Point is a spectacular part of the Kimberley.
It is home to a large number of threatened and endangered species, a whale nursery and the world's largest dinosaur footprints. It is also the only place in the world where Aboriginal culture incorporates the remnants of dinosaurs. Its cultural and heritage value for Aboriginal people is unique and significant.
James Price Point was under threat because it was chosen as the proposed location for an LNG processing hub. Woodside would have built a huge industrial development in the middle of whale calving grounds, threatening dugong habitats and burial sites - against the wishes of many traditional custodians and community members.
This massive gas hub would have permanently change the Kimberley. The WA Government fought hard to develop the area despite the fact that alternative locations exist for processing Browse LNG.
Woodside's decision to shelve the project is a huge victory for a place that is too precious to lose, and for a community that has such a strong relationship with this magnificent country.
However, the fight for the Kimberley is not over yet. Woodside have still left the door open to return with an alternative project for developing James Price Point and Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, still refuses to protect the area from further inappropriate developments.
The Australian Greens have been fighting major environmental threats for the last 40 years, ever since Lake Pedder. We saved the Franklin River, and now James Price Point is one step closer to being free from industrialisation. But the Kimberley is still under threat from mining, as is the Tarkine in Tasmania and the Great Barrier Reef.
This announcement sets us on the right path but there is still a lot more work to do in order to protect the Kimberely and other precious places across Australia.