GRAFTON businessman Ron Skinner has traded parrots for a car in the past, so a "for sale'' sign on a Grafton landmark offering to trade it for boats, property or vehicles should come as no surprise.
Mr Skinner owns the former Grafton City Services Bowling Club, which he planned to develop into a marina.
While those plans have foundered, the site is DA approved and construction certificate ready for use as a marina, restaurant, function centre or accommodation. "I'm a dealer," Mr Skinner said. "If something has value I will take it as payment.
"I once accepted two parrots as part of the payment on a car. This bloke was a bit short of cash but said he had two emu ringnecks which he said were worth $2500. I knew that's what they were worth, so I told him to go get the birds."
Mr Skinner said if there was someone with a car and van or cruise worth $200,000 to $300,000 he would take them and knock that off the price.