The next month and a half sees a number of big events coming up. The 2017 O2C Doeberl Cup is once again being held over Easter and entries are starting to come in. They have already crossed the 100 mark across the 4 main events, with the Premier only having 27 places left.
Before that there is the 2017 ACT Championship in Canberra, from the 10th to the 13th of March (a long weekend in Canberra). This 7 round event is open to all ACT players and will be FIDE rated. IM Junta Ikeda is the top seed for the tournament, but hopefully the field will be rounded out by a number of other strong local players.
On the same weekend is the Ballarat Begonia Open, in Ballarat, Victoria. This is the biggest weekend event in the southern state, and once again will attract a strong and competitive field.
And finally, the 2017 Dubbo Open is on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April. While not as illustrious as the Doeberl or Ballarat, it is still an enjoyable event attracting a nice field of players from country NSW (and few interlopers from the big smoke).