Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014
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08 NEWS SUNDAY MAY 18 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Constable David Cubis, NT Police Association president Vince Kelly and Sergeant Crispin Gargan check out the new office space of the association at "The Avenue" Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Plush digs for coppers By ZACH HOPE THE Northern Territory Police Association will celebrate its 75th anniversary year with a move to modern $1.5 million facilities at The Avenue development on Salonika St in Parap The move, predicted for August, would end more than two decades at its Foelsche St site, purchased for just $210,000 in 1990. President Vince Kelly said the Foelsche St site, in prime CBD real estate, would be de veloped with profits poured back into the association. Its not deliberate, but its signalling to government were a well-financed, well-resourced organisation and everything we do, including this, is about improving lives of police in the Northern Territory, Mr Kelly said. The new office space is 234 square metres compared to the current 159sq m and features 10 car parks, a shared boardroom, improved ICT systems and green technology. This meets a key objective set by our association in 2009 to ensure our long-term financial security by developing an alternative revenue stream ... he said. The NTPAs recent annual conferences have mandated that our investments must have a low-risk profile and offer reasonable growth. So, moving to The Avenue supports our associations investment strategy to increase our wealth and generate an income and, at the same time, lets us operate out of more professional office space. Top End is a blast for NASA scientists IF you spot an object wrapped into tinfoil floating towards Earth, dont misconstrue it for a UFO. A group of scientists from Wyoming University and NASA will conduct a scientific experiment at the Corroboree Billabong next week to improve their understanding of the impacts of volcanoes on future climates. NASA has followed the plume from the February eruption of Mount Kelud in Java, which has concentrated more to the north of the equator. Scientists chose Darwin for its tropical environment and prime location. A gondola, made up of three particle counters and weighing 40kg, will be lifted 30km above earth with a hot-air balloon to measure ash particles and sulphate sitting in the stratosphere. P a r t i c l e s can persist in the stratosphere for up to a year, and range from 0.1 to 5 micrometres. In comparison, a strand of hair is 100 micrometres. Some studies have shown that following an eruption, the Earths temperature cools because sunlight is reflected from the stratospheric particles. Professor of Atmospheric Science Terry Deshler says the weather has made it difficult to conduct the experiment, as still conditions are needed. He hopes to have the experiment completed within a fortnight. By DANI McDONALD Terry Deshler Students create new living areas A REMOTE NT community has worked with university students to build outdoor living areas for residents. Twelve University of Melbourne architecture students designed spaces at Titjikala, about 120km south of Alice Springs. Project leader Dr David OBrien said designing culturally and environmentally appropriate housing for indigenous communities was a challenge for the students