Home sweet car park for Larry and Myra

Not to put too fine a point on it, the place stinks.

The police have been called about 20 times to try to get the squatters to move, but to no avail. Within an hour or two they’re back.

“She knows what she’s doing.” Myra on October 20, 1991.

“She knows what she’s doing.” Myra on October 20, 1991. Credit:Steven Siewert

Waverley Council referred the squatters to the Department of Health, which took them away several months ago.

After a day or so they were back.

Myra, when approached, would only say: “No, no, no.”

Her companion, Larry Cameron Bellis, who says he is 38, is more forthcoming. He is a well-known figure around Bondi beach, where he often stands looking out to sea or talking to himself.

“There’s trouble all the time living down there,” he said. “Young people throw rocks. I have had trouble finding places to stay.”

He then went on to explain that he has had three or four girlfriends, and that he let them do what they wanted. He also said there was nothing sexual between him and Myra.

“She makes a mess on the floor sometimes, but she knows what she’s doing,“he said.

Larry and Myra’s corner of the basement.

Larry and Myra’s corner of the basement.Credit:Steven Siewert

He was reluctant to talk further, although he said he had been to university studying philosophy, and while he hadn’t finished he had passed French, which he used to be able to speak, “but it is so long ago I have forgotten”.

He also said Myra had studied Hasidic philosophy, and knew about “Jesus Christ, David, whoever was around then”.

Whether the two squatters are harmless or not, they have managed to frighten many of the elderly people in the units.

The chairman of the body corporate, 75-year-old Mr Bill Weiner, said: “They are the filthiest people I have ever seen. There are a lot of elderly people living there. They are frightened of them. It is a very big nuisance.

“I don’t know what is lacking, but I feel I am living on the Moon. Nobody will do anything.”

One of the few young residents, Mr Robert Webb, a 21-year-old student, said: “It is a disgrace, it is the most sickening thing I have ever seen.”

But others were more philosophical.

Mrs Sheda Truckenburg, who owns the car space in which the two have nested, said: “Let’s hope it doesn’t happen to us. There is always something that brings people to this situation. It is easy to criticise, but … We are all pigs. We should help each other more. There are so many empty houses.”

Mrs Lina Benmayor said that when she moved into the block six months ago and went to park her car, she saw what she assumed were bundles of rags in the corner of the car park.

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When she went to inspect she discovered they were people.

“I was shocked,” she said. “How can people live like this? It smells dreadful and is very sad.

“They have a faraway look which is very frightening. Can’t the community do anything for these people? It is sad, sad.

“I am surprised the authorities leave them there, that the Government can’t give them a home. All they need is one bedroom.

“It is not funny for people to live like this.”

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After a year of trying everything they could, the residents have finally come up with a solution.

They will be installing a security door on the underground garage in the next few weeks, at a cost of $6,500.

According to the minutes of a Waverley Council meeting held on Tuesday, 13 December 2005, a motion was passed “That a letter of sympathy be forwarded to the relatives of the deceased listed below, expressing the condolences of the Mayor, Councillors and Staff in the bereavement they have experienced: Mr. Larry Cameron Bellis (resident of Waverley)“.


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