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Cream of the crop Thomastown is continuing to make a name for itself in the foodie world, with two cheese producers named as finalists in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Montefiore Cheese and Floridia Cheese were announced as being among the top-three finalists for the fresh unripened cheese and hard cheese categories. Montefiore earned nominations for its trecce and ovoline cheeses, while Floridia was nominated for its pecorino. The companies are among 54 producers of cheese, ice cream, milk, yoghurt and gelato to be named finalists. The awards, which have been running for 19 years, recognise producers who create high-quality dairy products. Over two days, more than 400 dairy products are tested by a panel of 24 judges to determine the finalists across 18 categories. An awards ceremony will be held in February to announce the overall winner in each category. Australian Grand Dairy Awards convener Amanda Menegazzo said the awards would not exist without the support of the dairy industry. “We also want to take a moment to recognise the skills and dedication of the many people who craft these products,” she said. Main: Montefiore Cheese’s Peter Ferrante with staff and cheese. Inset: Production manager Fabio Portella (centre) with cheese makers Leone Leone and Varun Kumar from Floridia Cheese. (Pictures: Mark Wilson)

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Thieves kicked in doors to force their way into Craigieburn homes during a three-day crime spree recently. Thirteen homes across the suburb were broken into during the robberies, several of which occurred after thieves smashed their way in. Most of the houses targeted did not have security doors, police said. Police posted a safety message to the Hume Eyewatch Facebook page last week, urging residents to consider installing security doors.

The warning said that the majority of the burglaries were “front door kick-in burglaries”. “[The burglaries are] a reminder of the importance of having a good-quality security door,” police posted. A police spokeswoman said the burglaries occurred between Friday, November 24, and Sunday, November 26. The thieves targeted at least nine streets, with houses in Mallard and Ardsley circuits; Grevillea, Hartow and Claremont streets; Reverence and Huntington drives; Lavington Court and Silvergum Way reportedly broken into. Police said jewellery, cash and small electronic items were taken.

It is not known if any residents were home at the time of the burglaries or if the offenders were armed. Many residents have taken to social media in recent days to express their concerns, saying they no longer felt safe in their own homes. Residents have set up the Craigieburn Neighbourhood Watch Community Facebook page and flagged plans to establish a Neighbourhood Watch group in response to the wave. Meanwhile, police have arrested seven people in relation to 30 aggravated burglaries in the north-western suburbs in October and November.

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The seven offenders are accused of being involved in burglaries in Broadmeadows, Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn, Oak Park, Coburg and Fawkner. They were arrested by detectives from the Hume and Moreland crime investigation units between November 21 and 30. Those arrested were a Broadmeadows man, 24, a Meadow Heights woman, 20, a Roxburgh Park woman, 21, a Campbellfield woman, 28, a Broadmeadows woman, 24, and two Broadmeadows men, aged 23 and 17. Anyone with information about the Craigieburn burglaries is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Fire season safety warning By Laura Michell Whittlesea and Hume residents are being warned about the risk of grassfires this summer as dry conditions increase the likelihood of fires. Fire restrictions came into place in Whittlesea and Hume yesterday, meaning a permit is now required to burn-off grass, undergrowth, weeds or other vegetation, and to light a fire in the open. The restrictions cover suburbs in the CFA district, such as Craigieburn, Greenvale, Mickleham, Mernda, South Morang, Epping, Wollert and Whittlesea.

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the likelihood of above average maximum temperatures this summer places Victoria in a vulnerable position,” the outlook stated. CFA district 14 operations manager Trevor Roberts said now was the time for Whittlesea and Hume residents to prepare for the fire season. “It is important to undertake mitigation work, including slashing, grading and general property clean-ups before the fire danger ratings increase,” he said. “Any burning-off requires thorough planning, ensuring there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively.”

Mr Roberts said the CFA had zero tolerance to any unauthorised fire or fires resulting from negligent behaviour. “A fire started at any time of the year which damages someone else’s property is a crime,” he said. Whittlesea council has begun its annual fire inspection program to ensure properties in the urban area are prepared for the fire season. The council requires grass and weeds on all properties, including those that are vacant, to be no more than 10 centimetres high. Mayor Kris Pavlidis said it was important everyone did their part.

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Forum aims at youth, crime

Push to give young drivers on-road skills Whittlesea’s youngest councillor is on a mission to improve the driving skills of young drivers. Cr Emilia-Lisa Sterjova (pictured) has asked the council to investigate the establishment of a driving skills program for young people. The program, which would be run in partnership with a local driving school, would address high risk issues such as driving on gravel roads and texting while driving. Cr Sterjova also wants the council to consider starting a road safety education program in secondary schools. Both programs would be cost neutral to the council and would become part of the council’s Road Safety Strategy.

Cr Sterjova said the programs would be beneficial, given that crash data showed that young people between 18-25 years-old were most likely to be involved in road accidents. Between 2012-16, 18-25 year-olds accounted for 19 per cent of the fatalities and serious injury crashes in Whittlesea – more than any other age group. “The statistics around road accidents in the City of Whittlesea are still startling,” Cr Sterjova said. She said she was particularly passionate about educating young people about the dangers of driving on dirt roads. Earlier this year, she was

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involved in an accident on a dirt road, in which she lost control of her car after slamming on her brakes. Cr Sterjova said her inexperience driving on dirt roads had put her in a dangerous situation. “If I knew not to slam on my brakes on gravel roads it would have been a different outcome,” she said. “As a volunteer with Whittlesea SES, I have since had to learn to drive on dirt roads and it is a whole new skill-set. I thought that if I can benefit from learning about driving on dirt roads then other young people can too.”

Whittlesea police will hold a community safety forum next week to help address youth-related issues. The forum will be part of the Community Safety Networks – a partnership between police, the state government, Crime Stoppers and Neighbourhood Watch – that aims for better connections between police and the community. Mernda Senior Sergeant Peter Koger said the forum would help police increase their understanding of youth-related issues causing concern for residents. He said information gathered at the forum would inform local policing priorities. “We are always looking to increase our connections with the local community.” Senior Sergeant Koger said. “It’s an opportunity for the community to have a say on the key issues within their area. “We know that people have great insight into their local community and ideas about other ways to prevent crime.” The forum will also feature a performance by the Thomastown West Primary School band, as well as an appearance by writer and comedian George McEncroe. The Whittlesea community safety forum is one of six forums planned by police for this year, with another six scheduled to begin in July, 2018. The Whittlesea forum will be on Tuesday, December 12, at Uni Hill Conference Centre, 30 Graduate Road, Bundoora, from 6-9pm. Register: bit.ly/2AIAfPI Laura Michell

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Mernda rail takes toll on roos By Laura Michell Whittlesea council is calling for more to be done to protect kangaroos displaced by the Mernda rail extension amid concerns too many are being hit by cars. The council will write to the Level Crossing Removal Authority and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, urging them to develop a better management plan for kangaroos living along the Mernda rail corridor and Plenty Road. While the council wants to see the kangaroos better protected

and associated road safety issues addressed, it is adamant kangaroos should not be culled. Cr Tom Joseph, who raised the issue at last month’s council meeting, said residents and wildlife rescuers had reported an increase in the number of kangaroos being killed or seriously injured along Plenty Road and near the rail extension. Wildlife Victoria considers Mernda a hotspot for calls about injured or displaced kangaroos. “I see this every day – it is heartbreaking to see so many kangaroos on Plenty Road,” Cr Joseph said. “We need to take immediate

action. Culling should not be an option – they should be relocated.” Cr Ricky Kirkham said the issue was one of the downsides of development. “Development is pushing kangaroos out of their environment and under a lot of cars,” he said. “There are a lot of kangaroos hopping around, particularly further north to the site of Bridge Inn Road. We should be doing everything we can to support wildlife.” Level crossing authority project director Graeme Chambers said the organisation had

been working with other agencies to minimise risks to kangaroos, including relocating a mob of kangaroos from the Hawkstowe area earlier this year. The organisation has erected fences around its construction sites, and once the project is complete, permanent fencing will be installed to protect wildlife from trains. “We’re committed to minimising the impact of our works on wildlife around our construction sites while we build this significant project for the Mernda community,” Mr Chambers said.

Hume relay ready to roll The countdown is on to next year’s Hume Relay for Life, with organisers hoping for a record turnout for the Cancer Council fundraiser. The 2018 event will be held on April 7 and 8 at the Sprint Athletics Centre in Craigieburn. The annual overnight event raises money to help fund the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and information and support activities. Among those set to take part in the relay is Hume councillor and Craigieburn resident Carly Moore. Cr Moore and her family have been taking part in the event for a number of years. She said the family had signed up for the fundraiser because cancer touches everyone’s lives. “I relay for the people we’ve lost, the people who are fighting and the people who will be diagnosed in the future,” she said.

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“We can learn a lot about our city and our residents by looking at these artworks.” Cr Pavlidis said the artists came from a variety of cultural backgrounds including indigenous, African, Iraqi, Italian, German, Scottish, Indian, Greek, Turkish, Irish, Hungarian, Thai and French. The exhibition is open until Tuesday, December 19 at the Great Hall, Whittlesea council offices, Ferres Boulevard, South Morang. Details: 9217 2291 Laura Michell

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School earmarked for housing By Laura Michell The site of the former Broadmeadows Primary School is set to be sold for housing as part of a state government plan to build up to 100 social housing properties across Melbourne. The 2.16 hectare site at 2-16 Nicholas Street has been deemed surplus to requirements and earmarked for rezoning and development under the government’s Inclusionary Housing Pilot. The pilot, which was announced earlier this year, aims to boost Victoria’s social housing

stocks by building up 100 properties across six sites. Private and social housing will be built on the land, which will be developed by a private builder in conjunction with community housing providers. It is not yet known how many private and social housing properties will be built on the site. A spokesman for Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the pilot would provide houses for Victorians most in need of a roof over their heads.

“The Inclusionary Housing Pilot is about making the most of land we already have to build more affordable, high-quality housing for Victorians,” the spokesman said. “Leveraging the value of surplus government land in exchange for developer-led social housing is a win for the taxpayer and a big boost to affordable housing in Victoria. “We are building brand new, properly-designed housing in places where people want to live and work.” The plans will be assessed by an independent advisory committee to determine the

suitability of the site and the appropriate planning controls for the development. Residents can view plans for the site at the Hume Global Learning Centre (HGLC), 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows until Friday, December 22. A public information session will be held at the HGLC on Thursday, December 14, 6.30-7.30pm. It is expected that a public hearing will be held in February next year, with the committee to report back to Mr Wynne by mid-March. Details: planning.vic.gov.au/ftgls

College boss is abuzz The first principal of Edgars Creek Secondary College has been named – and she’s excited about both her new role and the school’s future. Joanne Camozzato, a teacher for more than 20 years, has most recently been the middle school principal at Mernda Central College and has worked in schools across Victoria and the ACT. “I’m excited about working with the school community to provide young people with the opportunity to be passionate about learning while developing a strong sense of community and global responsibility,” she said. The long-awaited school is under construction in Epping North and will open in two stages from next January. The state government announced plans to fast-track construction of the $16.7 million school earlier this year, amid concerns about a high school shortage in the area.

Thomastown MP Bronwyn Halfpenny said she believed Ms Camozzato had the experience to ensure the school gets off to a great start. The college will begin with year 7 students only. They will be taught at Mernda Central College for terms one and two next year, with the government to provide transport between the two schools. Students will be taught at their newly-built school from term three onwards. Laura Michell

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Have you wondered what to do when you’ve been swooped by a magpie or when a blue-tounged lizard appears in your yard? Head to the Mernda Village Community Activity Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive, on Wednesday, December 6, 6.45-8.15pm, for tips on how to co-exist with native wildlife. Part of the RACV’s Wild Bytes program. ■ 9217 2042

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SPORT Burras bats put them in the finals race Gladstone Park remains on track for another finals appearance in the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association’s George Luscombe Shield. The Burras sit fourth with one round remaining before the Christmas break and have shown signs they can match it with anyone. President Paul Xuereb said their form with the bat had been promising so far this season. “It’s been pretty good from our batting end,” he said. “We’ve got a couple of guys, Matt Nyhus and Suminda Mendis, who have made between 320 and 350 runs so far. “We’ve been competitive in every game.” While the batting has been strong, Xuereb

said the new-look bowling attack was taking time to gel. “Our opening bowler [Jaydan Moore] from last season hasn’t played, but we’re hoping he’ll play soon,” Xuereb said. “Former captain-coach Andrew Shanahan is only playing a couple of games here and there, while Ashan DeSilva, who won the competition’s bowling, hasn’t started too well. “He’s starting to hit his straps now. We’re hoping the bowling line-up will click soon.” The Burras had to settle for a second draw in three rounds, after all NWMCA matches were cancelled at the weekend because of rain. The Burras were playing Burnside Springs, which is fifth on the ladder.

Burnside Springs made 325 on day one of the match. Xuereb said coming away with three points was better than nothing. He said the side the Burras had for that match was one of, if not the, youngest first XI side they’ve ever fielded. “It was a pretty good score, but we were confident we could chase it down,” he said. “Any time you are chasing 320, you’re happy to take some points. A win would have put a bigger gap between us and them.” The Burras sit fourth, a game clear of Burnside Springs and equal with third-placed Pascoe Vale Central. The Burras now face sixth-placed Northern Lions in two successive

EDFL looks to netball By Tara Murray Netball is set to come to the Essendon District Football League. Twelve months after seeking feedback from clubs about the possible introduction of an EDFL netball competition, the league looks set to get a competition going next year. EDFL chief executive Marc Turri said the league is keen to the get an open age competition started. “We’ve had a meeting with Netball Victoria and they support it, and we’ve also met with the Essendon District Netball Association which plays out of Aberfeldie,” he said. “We’re looking to meet with Moreland council about possibly playing at the Northern Saints’ home ground. They are building eight new courts at their ground [Fawkner’s Charles Mutton Reserve] and it will give us somewhere to play.” In a step forward, the league has appointed Pauline Leslie as the league’s first women’s football and netball development officer. A major part of Leslie’s role is to get the netball competition up and running. Turri said it’s likely the competition would initially be played from just one location, with many football grounds not having netball facilities. Many country football leagues have club netball and football teams playing at the same location and day. Turri said the aim was to eventually bridge out to other locations once the facilities become available. He said there was always interest from EDFL clubs about having a netball competition, and several had fielded sides in local competitions. Twelve teams expressed interest in joining last year. Turri said they were unsure of numbers for next year. East Sunbury is one club that is keen to join an EDFL competition. The Thunder has 50 girls and five sides playing in the Sunbury Netball Association on weeknights. Thunder’s Pauline Trice said the netballers would love the opportunity to play on Saturdays alongside the footballers. “As a sporting club, we want to accommodate as many people as possible and netball allows us to accommodate the girls,” she said. “We really want to be a family club. “Quite a few of the players are partners of the footballers and follow their partners around on a Saturday already.” Turri said adding netball to the already growing football element of the league would give more people the opportunity to be involved. Sunbury netballers Kristie Bishop, Aimee Trice and Alannah Lawford. (Mark Wilson)

matches, one either side of the Christmas break. Two wins would put the Burras in a good spot heading into the second half of the season. They’ll have to do it without Andrew Gavaghan, who has moved to New Zealand. Captain coach John Bubis is expected to miss this weekend’s match with a broken finger, but Xuereb is hopeful he’ll be back after Christmas. Xuereb said they were happy with where things were placed at this point of the season, considering they see this year as a transition period. Tara Murray

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PEGS sealed its spot in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association T20 finals with a massive win against Westmeadows on Tuesday night. PEGS smashed the Warriors, bowling them out for 44, before making the required runs without the loss of a wicket. The win means PEGS finished on top of the Mickleham group with three wins from as many matches. Tullamarine got its first win of the competition, beating Greenvale Kangaroos in another low scoring match.

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Bundoora will field a women’s football team in the Northern Football League next season. The Bulls are looking for players of all abilities to join the side. The first training session will be held on Tuesday, December 5. For details, contact coach Lyndal Hayes, 0418 552 491.

Bowls

Weekend matches in Bowls Victoria pennant action were called off because of Melbourne’s wet weather. The round won’t be rescheduled, with normal competition to return this weekend. Bundoora RSL will face Essendon in premier division. In division 1, RSL faces Richmond Union, while Whittlesea plays Ivanhoe.

Cricket

The first round of the Northern Region T20 finals are expected to get under way on Tuesday night. Epping, Old Paradians, Mernda, Lalor Stars and Bundoora United are among the sides in action. Both the North Metro and Diamond Valley cricket associations cancelled their weekend cricket action due to wet weather.

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Plenty Valley is through to the second round of the Victorian Sub-district Cricket Association T20 competition. The Bats won through after defeating Preston last Tuesday. Preston made 5-157 with the Bats making the runs with seven balls and four wickets in hand. They finished 6-158. The Bats are due to face Brunswick on Tuesday night. The two sides will also face off in a two-day match at the weekend.

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Winless Kangaroos take stock and look to regroup The Greenvale Kangaroos may not have wins on the board, but they continue to make inroads in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association senior division. After losing a few senior players in the off season, the Kangaroos decided to focus more on development. The club kept the core group which played in last season’s grand final and set finals as it target but they are yet to taste victory this season. Kangaroos coach Warren Bonello said it wasn’t all doom and gloom. “Things are going alright, we would like a few more wins though,” Bonello said. “Our first and second XIs haven’t won yet, but we’ve been competitive in every game. “Without making excuses, we’ve had a few injuries and players unavailable.” One of the biggest challenges for the Kangaroos has been weekly changes to the side. Captain Tallan Wright, former captain Jon Kent, along with fellow senior players Jacob Thompson, Andrew Le Page and Matthew

Bonello have all missed matches. Bonello said they were getting closer to having a full side on a regular basis. He said with their full side, the Kangaroos were confident they could match it with any team. The development of their younger players, has been a highlight for the Bonello. “They’ve just needed opportunities,” he said. “The last four to five years we’ve had such an experienced side we haven’t been able to blood younger players. “With a few guys leaving we’ve had the opportunity to play them [juniors] in the seniors. “Anthony Ricupero is keeping in the seniors and Grayson Tailiki is a 15-year-old who has played, while Josh Whatman has been opening the batting. “Some of the younger guys are working their way into the best 11 no matter who is available.” The Kangaroos had the weekend off with rain forcing both their Saturday and Sunday

matches to be called off. They were due to play Keilor and Tullamarine. Saturday’s match has been declared a draw, while Sunday’s match, which was originally scheduled for round one, could still be rescheduled again. Bonello is hoping they can pick up at least one win in the two one-dayers before Christmas, before having a real crack at it after Christmas. “We’re hoping to get a couple of wins, but more importantly it’s about the progress of the side and making sure we’re improving. “Hopefully after Christmas everyone is back and I think we can be as good as anyone.” The Kangaroos face Strathmore this week, while Tullamarine takes on Seddon. The Kangaroos premier cricket side match was also called off at the weekend because of the weather. The Kangaroos’ two-day match with Melbourne will now be a one-dayer. Tara Murray

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Swan returns as a Tiger By Tara Murray Dane Swan is returning to Westmeadows Football Club. The Tigers this week announced that the 2011 Brownlow medallist would pull on the boots next season, while North Melbourne premiership player Corey McKernan has been appointed a high performance coach. Swan and McKernan both played their junior football at Westmeadows before successful AFL careers. Swan confirmed on radio on Tuesday morning that he would be returning to the Tigers. Swan played 258 games with Collingwood, including the 2010 premiership, before an ankle injury forced him to retire at the end of last year. “It doesn’t mean I’ll play every week, as I’ll be travelling,” Swan told Triple M. “I’ll give something back to them … it’ll be a bit of fun. “My cousin is going back there, my uncle is on the board and my other cousin plays there. 14 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ DECEMBER 5, 2017

“I might play one [game] or I might play 10 games, but hopefully it gives them a boost.” Tigers president Gareth Hanlon said if everything went to plan, Swan would make his debut in round two against Tullamarine, before playing on Anzac Day four days later. “It’s been a very exciting few days,” Hanlon said. “It is very special to have someone come back to the club who started their career at the club. “We’ve been lucky to have a number of players play at the highest level including Corey McKernan, Welshy [Andrew Welsh] and Swanny, and to get one back playing is massive for the club. “The impact he will have not only on the senior list but with our under-19s is massive. He brings a lot of experience to the club.” Hanlon said they were still unsure how many games Swan would play next season, but they hoped he would play enough to qualify for finals. Swan’s cousin Aaron Ramsay has also signed with the club. Ramsay most recently played with Essendon District Football League club

Essendon Doutta Stars in 2015. He was joint winner of the league’s Reynolds Medal in 2006 for the best premier division player. McKernan has been appointed as a high performance coach, having been around the club in unofficial roles the past few years. He’ll also assist with the club’s sponsorship and marketing. “He’s had a successful football career and been successful in business,” Hanlon said. “He has been involved at the club during my time here and has helped run sporting days and our grand final eve event.” Hanlon said getting back two former players was part of the club’s focus on being a community club. In another big boost for the side, Westmeadows has also signed ruckman Jesse Bowe. Hanlon said there would likely be a few more recruits to be announced later in the pre-season. Two of the club’s stars, Robbie Mullen and Mitch Church, won’t be returning. Mullen is playing in the country next season, while Church has signed with Hillside.

Westmeadows will field a women’s team in the Essendon District Football League for the first time next year. The club has had junior girls’ sides in the competition for the past two seasons and sees the introduction of a women’s side as the next step after an increase in interested players. This time two years ago, Westmeadows had just three under-15 players keen to play but managed to get a team together. This year it went from 24 girls to 69 and expanded from one girls’ team to three. Matt Walker, a former Westmeadows player, will coach the women’s side. “I came back to the club this year and helped out Grant Smith with the under-19s, which won the premiership,” Walker said. “I help out with the [Westmeadows] cricket girls and a few of the girls said I should apply for the [football] role and I put in for it. “What got me over the line of wanting to be involved was the girls wanting me to coach.” Walker said the club already had good numbers interested in playing. He said for many players, the weekly competition gives them a break from the daily grind. “We had a rego/information day and got a few numbers,” Walker said. “The numbers were encouraging. “We’ve got 10-15 players committed and another 10 who we’ve heard are keen from word of mouth.” Walker said the club was keen to focus on creating a pathway between the girls’ side and the women’s team. “Our under-12s and under-15s both played finals this year and had good seasons,” he said. “My plan is to work with the under-18s coach and, anyone who shows some talent, we’ll get them playing a couple of games in the seniors, like they do with the men’s teams. “We’re got potential to hopefully grow into a strong side in a few years’ time.” The women’s side starts training this week and will have a few sessions before Christmas. They will play in a stand-alone EDFL women’s competition. Anyone interested can contact: secretary@westmeadowsfc.com.au Tara Murray


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Kia has given its medium-large Sorento SUV a facelift aimed at giving it a more purposeful appearance. But the biggest changes are out of sight, with new engines and transmission, and added infotainment features and safety. SUVs are all the rage and the revised Kia Sorento is in there to play its part. As before, it’s sold with a choice of petrol and diesel engines and either two- or all-wheel drive.

Model range names have been changed in some instances from those of the outgoing Kia Sorento. There are only small price rises despite significant improvements offered. The latter a smart move when you’re chasing additional sales.

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Diesel pricing: Si $45,490 (+$1000); Sport $48,490 (previously Si Limited +$1000); SLi $50,490 (+$1000); Platinum discontinued; GT-Line $58,990 (+$500).

Pricing for the petrol models: Si $42,990 (+$2000); Sport $44,990 (previously called the Si Limited +$1000); SLi $46,990 (+$1000).

New Sorento features revised front and rear bumpers, LED headlamps on the GT-Line and tail-lamps (SLi and GT-Line). Sorento has 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels depending on model; these are also to a new design. Cabin changes are minimal – a four-spoke steering wheel, revised instruments and a new climate control LCD display. Softer touch materials are used for a more upmarket look.

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For 2018, the Sorento is available with an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation. Android Auto is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher; Apple CarPlay, for iPhone 5 or newer. A high-end Harman/Kardon sound system is used in Sorento SLi and GT-Line grades. The powerful 640-watt, 10-speaker surround-sound audio system features QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology.

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The 3.5-litre petrol engine is virtually all-new for Sorento. Though the outputs (206 kW and 306 Nm) are only slightly higher than before, the torque spread has been widened and emissions and fuel consumption are lower.

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Kia’s 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine (147 kW/441 Nm) has received minor revisions. The biggest news is that both automatics are now eight-speed units (up from six), permitting lower ratios at the bottom for round-town work and a high top gear for very comfortable cruising.

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