SA Prisons temporarily suspend lockdown

PRISON: The Port Augusta Prison has temporary suspended its lockdown, along with all SA prisons.
PRISON: The Port Augusta Prison has temporary suspended its lockdown, along with all SA prisons.

The Port Augusta Prison has temporary suspended its lockdown, along with all SA prisons, following an industrial hearing overnight. 

At 5pm on Wednesday February 15, the prison joined all SA prisons in lockdown.

Public Service Association of South Australia (PSA) Assistant General Secretary Natasha Brown said the lockdown was the result of long-standing and unresolved issues around the type of prisoners being sent to Mobilong Prison.

On Wednesday evening, a hearing was heard at the Industrial Relations Commission, with the hearing to continue at 10.30am today, Thursday February 16.

Following the overnight hearing and ongoing negotiations, PSA members voted to temporarily suspend the lockdown across all SA prisons.

The Port Augusta Prison is a multi-purpose facility providing accommodation for up to 392 high, medium and low security prisoners.  

Port Augusta is the state’s largest regional prison catering for the full range of prisoner profile.  

The facility provides for remand, reception and sentenced prisoners both male and female.