While it is still a fair way off, I'll put in an early plug for the 1st Blayney Open.
The tournament is to be held on the 8th & 9th of September, in the NSW country town of Blayney. Blayney is on the Mid-West Highway, between Bathurst and Cowra. It is about 2.5 hours from Sydney, and the same travelling distance from Canberra (although I do know a shortcut!)
This is the first time to Blayney Chess Club has put on a weekend event and hopefully it will have a successful beginning and continued success. Tournament first prize is $300 and there will also be a lightning tournament on the Saturday Night.