PATYAH yabby farmer Trevor Domaschenz is the Australian Country Alliance candidate for the seat of Ripon ahead of the November state election.
Mr Domaschenz was previously running as a candidate for the upper house.
He said when the opportunity came up to be a candidate for Ripon, it was an easy decision.
"Ripon is home to some of Victoria's most iconic history and now in 2014 Ripon faces an apathetic centralised bureaucracy," he said.
Mr Domaschenz said the major issue he wanted to draw attention to was de-centralisation.
"It is time for country Victoria to be in charge of decisions that affect country Victoria," he said.
"Much of Ripon faces declining and ageing populations and declining jobs.
"We need the government to realise country life is a great way of life, whether to farm, run a tourism operation, retire, holiday, open a small or large business or to watch your children grow."
Mr Domaschenz said de-centralisation would stop the nonsense, including changes to the Water Bill 2014.
"The Water Bill 2014 was the catalyst for me moving from an upper house candidate to a lower house seat," he said.
"I was told this bill involved just some administrative changes.
"Luckily I checked it myself - it would have been the final nail in the coffin of the clean green Victorian yabby industry.
"Although I managed to stop the Water Bill at least temporarily, it is hard on your own."
Mr Domaschenz said there appeared to be a transfer of water rights from farmers to multi-national tree plantation owners and carbon plantings via the Climate Changed Act 2010.
"Words such as 'reasonable use' and 'precautionary principles' are vague nonsensical words to use in an act - they are too open to corruption.
"I want the bill to be debated as an election issue because it might have far reaching implications for lakes like Lake Lonsdale and all upper catchments and water authorities.
"New plantations and carbon plantings are really just a huge series of pumps taking water and according to the new act they rarely need a water licence like farmers do."
Mr Domaschenz said he was best known as the Yabby Man.
"While I am a former shearer who has a mixed farming enterprise with sheep, crops and yabbies I am known only as Yabby Man," he said.
"I helped save the Victorian yabby industry from bureaucratic destruction.
"I've already had a fair crack in winning a Peter Lalor moment but using VCAT, not guns - but it took ten years.
"I want to influence changes to protect all of rural Victoria."
Mr Domaschenz said the Australian Country Alliance was the only party that stood for country people and their rights, way of life and de-centralisation.
"I will fight for Ripon and I hope my grandchildren can grow up to be proud rural Victorians," he said.
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