Early entries include the exciting young players IM Ari Dale, and FM's Jack Puccini and Gene Nakauchi, all of whom have proved capable of competing against GM opposition.
Chess Victoria President Leonid Sandler announced this week that Latvian GM Arturs Neiksans (2596) will be playing in the Blitz Championship. It will be interesting to see if the 2016 Australian Championships gains other players who are coming to Australia for either the 2015 Australasian Masters or the 2016 Australian Women's Masters tournaments.
If these factors aren't enough to persuade you of the quality of the event, take a look at this beautifully crafted promo video. A lot of time and effort is being devoted to this event by a talented organising team, and that will ensure the quality.