The idea that New Horizons Club may not exist come mid-2020 is a staggering, but possible, thought.
The Launceston-based organisation has provided support and opportunities to local people with a disability since 1986.
New Horizons plays an integral role in ensuring Launceston is an inclusive city.
The club's existence and work in the community have also been credited for helping to secure significant events such as the AFL Inclusion carnival last year and the Special Olympics over the next four years.
In theory, the NDIS is a great scheme to help support families and individuals needing assistance.
However, it should not come at the cost of a brilliant organisation like New Horizons.
Yes, the club could apply for a grant every two years. But that does not offer certainty for a service that so many Northern Tasmanians rely on a weekly basis.
New Horizons offers membership to anyone with a disability - whether it be intellectual, physical, spectrum disorder, mental health issues and severe anxiety.
There are programs for children starting from the age of five.
According to the New Horizons website, the club offers 18 programs a week for 48 weeks of the year. The sports include, but not limited to, AFL, cricket, futsal, tennis, swimming, bowls and gymnastics.
Then there are social activities like song and dance, and craft.
Aran Miller is a multiple world champion in swimming. Miller, who has Down syndrome, trains with New Horizons alongside the South Esk Swimming Club.
The club works with institutions like the Special Olympics and Paralympics to help provide pathways to sports greatness for people in our community.
This is because they believe everyone has the right to achieve their dreams.
As a community, we cannot let an organisation suffer, and therefore impact on the lives of so many Northern Tasmanians.
The Examiner is committed to making this an election issue this year. We will be demanding commitment be made to ensure the long term future New Horizons.