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Canberra Now: ACT amasses more than 4000ha rural land; No room for skills shortage in IT security

Good morning, Canberra.

The nights are starting to get chilly, but the days are still unseasonably warm - we're looking at a sunny top of 22 degrees today.

Let's see what's making news today:

ACT has amassed more than 4000ha of rural land, still buying

The approximate area of 'Pine Ridge' in Belconnen, which the ACT government has bought for $4.6 million.

The approximate area of 'Pine Ridge' in Belconnen, which the ACT government has bought for $4.6 million.

The ACT government has been buying up big - 4000 hectares big, new Fairfax Media analysis shows. The ACT population is growing, and while there are pushes to increase building heights in the middle of the city, the government is also buying up land on the fringes.

The government has bought at least $43.7 million worth of rural land since the start of 2014, several purchases of which are currently the subject of an ACT Auditor-General investigation.

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Daniel Burdon has the story here.

No room for IT security skills shortage: Jane Halton

Jane Halton is a new entrant on the top 25 most powerful directors list.

Jane Halton has told public servants to get smart about internet security. Photo: Graham Tidy

Former Finance boss Jane Halton has a warning for public servants - don't be cavalier when it comes to internet security.

"They need to be thoughtful about how they move to the cloud, they do need to understand what they are doing.

"We're talking about a world where trust in government is easily lost and hard to gain."

Ms Halton now chairs a company that provides cloud training to public servants.

Doug Dingwall has the full story.

Jamie's Italian Canberra has closed

Chef Jamie Oliver visits his Canberra restaurant Jamie\'s Italian in 2017.

Chef Jamie Oliver visits his Canberra restaurant Jamie's Italian in 2017. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Sad news for the staff at Jamie's Italian, which closed suddenly yesterday. The Jamie Oliver Restaurant group said the Hallmark group will take over the other franchises.

A note on the door said:

"Dear Canberra, It is with great sadness that Jamie's Italian Canberra has had to close its doors indefinitely. We thankyou for all of your support over the last 4.5 years. From all the staff at Jamie's Canberra we bid you a fond farewell [sic]."

Jil Hogan has the story here.

Josh Papalii has got his 'spark' back

Canberra Raiders training on Wednesday. Josh Papalii. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Josh Papalii at training for the Canberra Raiders. Photo: Jamila Toderas

It's not often that you hear a sportsperson at any level (let alone at the very top) say they are happy to get dropped down to the ressies, but 25-year-old Josh Papalii says the move helped him rediscover his "spark".

Papalii's return to the Raiders has come as the club has begun to turn around its fortunes after a disastrous start to the season.

"Sometimes to try and get that spark you need to take a few steps backwards and come back a better player, and I think that's what I've done," he said.

Caden Helmers has the story here.

Today's cartoon:

The Canberra Times cartoon April 17, 2018. Photo: David Pope

Photo: David Pope